ANTH 246 Fall 2016 India's Identities: Reproducing the Nation,Community and Individual (D) (W)

Cross Listed as REL246, ASST246, WGSS246
This course considers India's contradictory legacy as a booming Asian democracy and fragile society built upon deep and enduring divisions. Why is India's growing population so often described in terms of multiple identities or fragmenting oppositions -- Hindu/Muslim, rich/poor, high caste/outcaste, male/female? What are the historic roots and ongoing causes that produce structural violence around these axes of difference? We pay particular attention to key moments (Partition, communal riots in Gujarat in 2003, Hyderabad in 1990, Delhi in 1984), and places (Punjab, Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir) for our analysis of how religion, gender, and caste intersect to produce a landscape of communal violence, social hierarchy, and fragmented subjectivity in India today. We are as interested in discourses and practices that shore up these binaries as well as the third terms that attempt to transcend or diffuse them. For instance, we look at how Buddhism is and is not a middle path between Hindu/Muslim conflict in Indian Kashmir. Our course readings include ethnographic, sociological, and historical analyses, as well as oral histories and popular media. This course fulfills the Exploring Diversity Initiative by theorizing the ways that difference has been used to effect profound historical & social changes in India.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly writing assignments and tutorial attendance every week
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: majors in Anthropology and Sociology, Religion, Asian Studies, or Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: GBST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives,PHLH Bioethics + Interpretations of Health, WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1021
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER
ANTH 246 - T1 (F) TUT India's Identities (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Kim Gutschow
TBA 1021
ASST 246 - T1 (F) TUT India's Identities (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Kim Gutschow
TBA 1024
REL 246 - T1 (F) TUT India's Identities (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Kim Gutschow
TBA 1022
WGSS 246 - T1 (F) TUT India's Identities (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Kim Gutschow
TBA 1023
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