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BSocSc Social Anthropology
Explore human behaviour and relationships and the challenges across different cultures.

BSocSc Social Anthropology / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Black Identities and Cultures in Latin America

Unit code SOAN30662
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Social Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

Many Latin American countries have substantial black populations which have been both central to and marginalised by nationalist ideologies. In some coutnries, 'blackness' has been officially recognised over the last 20 years in multiculturalist legislation. The module pays some attention to colonial and 19th century background, before a main focus on twentieth-century social relations involving 'race' and on Afro-Latin cultures (including some emphasis on Afro-Latin music) and black identities. Their place in national ideologies, politics and social movements is examined and transnational and diasporic dimensions to blackness and black culture are included, as is an exploration of the relationship between race, gender and sex.

Aims

The broad aims of the module are to enable a sophisticated grasp of the emergence and current significance of black identities and cultural formations in Latin American nations.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:

- Have an overview of theoretical approaches to blackness and black people in Latin America.

- Be able to convey a sense of the broad historical patterns of development of black identities and cultures in Latin America, from the colonial period to the present day, covering topics such as nation-building, race mixture, racism, black resistance, official multiculturalism, black expressive culture and the intersections between race, gender and sex.

- Be able to put these patterns in the context of (a) the role of indigenous peoples in Latin America; (b) ongoing relationships with Africa, material and ideological; (c) the role of the USA as a point of comparison in debates about race in Latin America.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures
Tutorials

Knowledge and understanding

Have an overview of theoretical approaches to blackness and black people in Latin America; convey a sense of the broad historical patterns of development of black identities and cultures in Latin America, from the colonial period to the present day, covering topics such as nation-building, race mixture, racism, black resistance, official multiculturalism, black expressive culture and the intersections between race, gender and sex; put these patterns in the context of a) the role of indigenous peoples in Latin America; b) ongoing relationships with Africa, material and ideological; c) the role USA as a point of comparison in debates about race in Latin America

Intellectual skills

Bring historical and ethnographic data together in an integrated analysis; synthesize multiple and diverse sources of data; critically assesswhat counts as evidence for an argument.

Practical skills

Distil arguments and data into clear written form.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Synthesize multiple and diverse sources of data; write clear analytical reports; communicate clearly in group contexts; work independently; better understand racial and cultural diversity.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Students may request feedback on written examinations.

Recommended reading

 Andrews, George Reid. 2004. Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dixon, Kwame, and John Burdick (eds). 2012. Comparative perspectives on Afro-Latin America. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

Rahier, Jean, ed. 2012. Black social movements in Latin America: from monocultural mestizaje to multiculturalism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wade, Peter. 2009. Race and Sex in Latin America (Pluto Press)


Whitten, Norman and Arlene Torres (eds). 1998. Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean (Indiana University Press)

Wade, Peter. 2010. Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (2nd edition, Pluto Press)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Stephen Wade Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Information
Length of course: 12 weeks

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