Race and Races in American Studies
Carleen R. Basler (Section 01)
(Offered as Sociology 38 and Black Studies 35 [US].) This interdisciplinary seminar examines influential scholarship on the “race concept” and racialized relations in American culture and society. The course will focus on selected themes, approaches, methods, debates, and problems in a variety of scholarly genres. Major topics include the cultural construction of race; race as both an instrument of oppression and an idiom of resistance in American politics; the centrality of race in literary, sociological, anthropological, and legal discourse; the racialization of U.S. foreign policy; “race mixing” and “passing” and the vicissitudes of “whiteness” in American political culture; and “race” in the realm of popular cultural representation.
Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Basler.
If Overenrolled: Majors and seniors first priority
Offerings2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010