Spring 2017

Latin American Nations

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-205


Amy C. Hall (Section 01)


This course focuses on the history and anthropology of Latin American countries, examining them as postcolonial entities. We will study the rich history and complex politics of Latin America, with an emphasis on the last century, to understand what constitutes “nation” and how that notion has shifted with the increase in mobility and global connectivity. Throughout the course we will challenge dominant ideas of “Latin America” to understand the diversity of lived experiences, asking: What is a nation? How did Latin American nations emerge? How do race, gender, indigeneity, and other concepts and practices intersect with the concept of nation? How have social movements, neoliberalism and militarization affected nations? What role has the U.S. played in shaping Latin America? Is nation still a useful or viable concept when thinking about Latin America? What does it mean to be “Latin American” or “Peruvian” or “Mexican” or “Brazilian” today?

Limited to 30 students.   Spring semester.  Visiting Professor Hall.

ANTH 205 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM WEBS 219
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM WEBS 219

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism Verso Books Anderson, Benedict Amherst Books TBD
Trials of Nation Making: Liberalism, Race and Ethnicity in the Andes Cambridge University Press Larson, Brooke Amherst Books TBD
The Villagers Southern Illinois Press Icaza, Jorge Amherst Books TBD
Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex, and Plastic Surgery in Brazil Duke University Press Edmonds, Alexander Amherst Books TBD
Behold the Black Caiman: A Chronicle of Ayoreo Life University of Chicago Press Bessire, Lucas Amherst Books TBD
Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail University of California Press De Leon, Jason and Wells, Michael Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020