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Charisse E. Burden (Section 01)
(Offered as BLST 298 [D], POSC 298 [G], and SOCI 298) Studies of the Black experience have tied the African Diaspora to the formation of the modern world-system and the proliferation of global capitalism. Since the sixteenth century, the conscription and the exploitation of Black labor and human capital have been essential to each cycle of accumulation that has sustained capitalism. This course will survey the emergence and evolution of the African Diaspora in relationship to changes in the global capitalist economy and how that history continues to shape material conditions of African descendants. Drawing upon a range of theoretical perspectives from thinkers such as Marcus Garvey, Walter Rodney, Immanuel Wallerstein, Eric Williams, and Samir Amin, we will examine structural features of the modern global political economy and how they produce, reproduce, and reconstitute the African Diaspora based on how Diasporic subjects are represented in the racial global axial division of labor. Through interdisciplinary readings, the course will encourage critical analysis of conditions of inequality in the African Diaspora--locally, nationally, and globally.
Spring semester. Five College Fellow Burden.