Fall 2017

Political Identities


Amrita Basu (Section 01)
Stephen E. Laizer (Section 01)
Theresa A. Laizer (Section 01)
Stephanie M. Orion (Section 01)
Donna M. Simpter (Section 01)


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?

Fall semester. Professor Basu.

If Overenrolled: Dean handles this.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2017