ANTH 211 Fall 2014 Black, Indian, and Other in Brazil (D)

Cross Listed as INST211
As host to global sports spectacles like the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil has garnered much attention of late. Headlines have also focused on the wide-scale social protests that have gripped the country in recent years. The central question of the course is why Brazilians so often articulate the country in terms of its unfulfilled promise, i.e. "a country of the future" (um paĆ­s do futuro) and the centrality of race and ethnicity to the country's national project. Brazil presents itself as a multicultural racial democracy, a product of 500 years of mixture and progress. However, the tumultuous terms for daily life amidst legacies of slavery and often brutal development schemes belie prevailing rhetoric. The course will focus on elements of indigenous and Afro-Brazilian cultures (such as religion, cosmology, and music), while at the same time situating cultural movements like the Movimento Negro (Black Movement) and indigenist politics within the larger international production and exchange of ideas regarding blackness and indigeneity. Core course materials consist of both academic literature and pieces from Brazilian popular culture, including cinema, music, and television.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: in-class presentation, 5-page written component to presentation, and a final 10- to 15-page research paper
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Prerequisites: none; open to first year students
Enrollment Preference: Anthropology and Sociology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: INST Latin American Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 1181
ANTH 211 - 01 (F) SEM Black, Indian, Other in Brazil (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative LaShandra P. Sullivan
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