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Semester 1

Latin American Anthropology (SCAN10069)


Social Anthropology





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Visiting students must have at least 3 Anthropology courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

A survey of major contemporary debates and key works in the social anthropology of Latin America. The course will offer a geographically focused examination of politics, development, the environment, race, violence, religion, urbanization, and sexuality. Students will also have an opportunity to reflect on the different ways in which life in the region has been 'mediated' through literature, food, film, music, and other form of cultural production.

Course Description

Anthropologists working in Latin America have been at the forefront of the discipline's theorization of racial and economic inequality, the culture of politics, and urban life. Latin America has also been a site for major studies of social change, including civil war, migration, and economic globalization. This course will provide students with an introduction to the major themes and debates in the anthropology of Latin America. Through a close reading and discussion of ethnographic works, films, music, and other media, students in the course will become familiar with the breadth of languages, religions, political formations, and cultural systems of the area. Particular attention will be paid to recent interests among anthropologists in urban life, violence, religious syncretism, environmental politics, sexuality, and social movements.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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