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SOAN0326

Latin American Culture Society

Latin American Culture and Society
Latin America is a paradise for cultural anthropologists because, with its long history of invasion and cultural hybridization, it is a meeting ground for people from all over the world. This course looks at how the Americas south of the Rio Grande have been symbolized, constructed and contested in debates over national character, the culture of poverty, and dependency on foreign powers. Case material includes peasants, shanty-town dwellers, immigrants to the U.S. and the iconic figures of the Vodoun healer, pop star, druglord and guerrillero. Topics include the polarities of identity along the U.S.-Mexican border, African possession cults of the Caribbean, the requirements of survival for the poor of the Brazilian Northeast, the hegemony of "whiteness" in the mass media, and the frustrated messianic strivings of revolutionary Cuba. This course is primarily for students doing study abroad in the region. 3 hrs. lect./disc., 2 hrs. screen (Anthropology)
Subject:
Sociology/Anthropology
Department:
Sociology/Anthropology
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL SOC
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Fall 2014

SOAN0326A-F14 Lecture (Stoll)
SOAN0326B-F14 Lecture (Stoll)

Spring 2013

SOAN0326A-S13 Lecture (Stoll)
SOAN0326B-S13 Lecture (Stoll)

Fall 2010

SOAN0326A-F10 Lecture (Stoll)
SOAN0326B-F10 Lecture (Stoll)

Fall 2008

SOAN0326A-F08 Lecture (Stoll)
SOAN0326B-F08 Lecture (Stoll)

Fall 2005

SOAN0326A-F05 Lecture (Stoll)
SOAN0326B-F05 Lecture (Stoll)

Fall 2003

SOAN0326A-F03 Lecture (Stoll)
SOAN0326B-F03 Lecture (Stoll)