SOC 249 Spring 2014 Asian Religious Diasporas: The New Chosen People? (D)

Cross Listed as AMST249, REL249
"Diaspora" is derived from a Greek word that means "to scatter" and historically refers to the Jewish community. Beginning in the 1990s, scholars, politicians, and journalists have expanded the meaning to include de-territorialized communities embedded within and extending outward from Asia. In this course, we will examine the how and why this phenomenon has developed. We will pay particular attention to religion as a proxy for identifying and these "diasporas" and compare it with other types, such as economic, ethnic, and race. How is religion important in the classification of "Asian" forms of diaspora? What are the forms of power at play? We will anchor our perspectives within the contexts of nationalism, inter-ethnic and racial relations, migration, transnationalism, and economic globalization.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, 1 project, 1 final paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: ASAM Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3580
SOC249-01(S) SEM Asian Religious Diasporas (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Thien-Huong T. Ninh
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 140 3580
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