AMST 325 Spring 2014 Capitalism in Indian Country

Indigenous people are often imagined as somehow outside of capitalism, whether consigned to a distant past, or imagined as living anachronisms in relation to contemporary capitalism. In this course, we will work against these assumptions, examining the historical development of capitalism in North America in relation to indigenous places and communities. Through our focus on capitalism in Indian country, we will examine the roots of American property law, wage labor, and large-scale production on Native lands, and Native peoples who were capitalists in their own right. We will examine the histories of political and economic dependency, and ask questions about how "development" has been defined and practiced over Native communities. We will also look closely at the long history of Native land struggles, and links between capital accumulation and ecological destruction. Our economic focus will help us approach the ways the Native peoples have survived colonialism.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, group work, and a semester-long research paper (10-15 pages)
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: prior courses in American Studies or permission of instructor; not open to first year students
Enrollment Preference: American Studies majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,AMST Space and Place Electives
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3865
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER
AMST325-01(S) SEM Capitalism in Indian Country Division 2: Social Studies Manu Vimalassery
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Paresky 112 3865
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