Fall 2015

Political Identities

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-151

Formerly listed as: POSC-01


Amrita Basu (Section 01)


[SC] The assertion of group identities, based on language, region, religion, race, gender, sexuality, and class, among other variables, has increasingly animated politics cross-nationally. However, the extent to which identities become politicized varies enormously across time and place. We will explore what it means to describe an identity as political. This exercise entails assessing the conditions under which states, civil societies, and political societies recognize certain identities while ignoring or repressing others. In other words, it entails analyzing the ways in which political processes make and remake identities. What do groups gain and lose from identity-based movements? And what are the broader implications of identity-based movements for democratic politics?

Limited to 30 students. Fall semester.  Professor Basu.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to majors and seniors.

Cost: $21.00 ?

POSC 151 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM JOCH 202
Th 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM JOCH 202

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
A New Politics of Identity: Political Principles for an Interdependent World Palgrave Macmillan Bikhu Parekh Amherst Books TBD
I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala Verso Rigoberta Menchu Amherst Books TBD
The Shadow Lines Basic Books Amitav Ghosh Amherst Books TBD
For the Love of Country Wolters Kluwer Law and Business Nussbaum, et al Amherst Books TBD
Behind the Beautiful Forevers McFarland & Company Katherine Boo Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016