ANTH 244 Spring 2013 Globalizing India (D)

India's dramatic rise to global prominence has captured public attention. In newspapers, magazines, and popular books, we read about economic prosperity, growing cities, and new consumers. In this course, we will investigate the social issues behind these headlines by drawing on ethnographic accounts of contemporary life in India. Case studies will provide us with nuanced perspectives on issues such as migration, outsourcing, consumption, and economic development and enable us to re-consider popular and scholarly characterizations of globalization. As we explore the re-configurations of politics, power, and social life that have occurred since economic liberalization began in the early 1990s, we will tease apart the complex relationships between global economic integration and socio-cultural change. We will investigate how globalization presents possibilities for social mobility and political change as well as for exploitation along existing fault lines of inequality and exclusion. Course materials will include ethnographic case studies, documentary films, commercial films, and items from contemporary Indian media. Lectures will contextualize this material by providing background on India's history, cultural traditions, and politics.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance at film screenings; participation and class presentations; two quizzes, midterm and final
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preference: Anthropology and Sociology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3790
ANTH244-01(S) LEC Globalizing India (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Llerena G. Searle
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Griffin 1 3790
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