Optional Post on Bauman
Bauman uses the term “liquid modernity” to characterize the modern era. To what extent, does Bauman believe and do you believe that these conditions are associated with greater freedom or greater anxiety?
Optional Post on Said
Edward Said employs the concept of exile as both metaphor and reality. How does he believe that conditions of exile can be both devastating and productive? What do you think of his argument?
For April 27th
Both Parekh and Benhabib believe that globally oriented forms of citizenship provide an antidote to exclusivist identity politics. Describe and assess their arguments.
For April 25th
How have globalization and the decline of traditional forms of state sovereignty influenced the character of identity based movements? What implications does this have for the reconfiguration of citizenship across nation-state borders?
For April 20th
Evaluate Huntington’s argument in “The Clash of Civilizations” in light of Parekh’s critique. Which of the two arguments do you find most persuasive and why?
Mamdani identifies one of the most dangerous forms of identity transformation--namely when those who experience themselves as victims become killers. What do you make of his argument?
post for April 13th
It is often assumed that religion, particularly Islam, oppresses women. As a result we tend to see veiled, secluded women as lacking agency and to believe that secular states which prohibit the public display of religious observance best protect women’s interests. How do the readings complicate these assumptions about Muslim women and secular state policies?
The student body at AmherstCollege has become increasingly diverse with respect to gender, race, nationality and class. How would you evaluate the continuous and sometimes contentious process associated with changes in the college’s admissions policy?
Discussion Post on Shadow Lines
How do you interpret the title of the novel? What are the temporal and spatial shadow lines that the narrator describes?
Question for April 4th
Craig Jeffrey describes boredom and waiting as core features of the lives of middle class urban youth in northern India. How does “time pass” both circumscribe and create the basis for their identities and activism?