LATS 471
Comparative Latina/o Migrations Spring 2019 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as LATS471 / HIST471

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Since the 1970s, policymakers, scholars, the media, and popular discourses have used the umbrella terms “Hispanic” and “Latina/o” to refer to Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans and more recent immigrants from Central and South American countries. As a form of racial/ethnic categorization, however, these umbrella terms can mask widely divergent migration histories and experiences in the United States. In this course, we develop theoretical perspectives and comparative analyses to untangle a complicated web of similarities and differences among Latino groups. How important were their time of arrival and region of settlement? How do we explain differences in socioeconomic status? How fruitful and appropriate are comparative analyses with other racial/ethnic groups, such as African Americans or European immigrants? Along the way, we explore the emergence of Latina/o Studies as an interdisciplinary and comparative field of study, as well as methods used in Latino and Latina history, specifically oral histories, government documents, newspapers, and interdisciplinary approaches.
The Class: Type: discussion/seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 8-15
Class#: 3420
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation and presentations, a proposal, an annotated bibliography, a short historiographical essay, and a research paper based in part on primary sources
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History majors and Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; GBST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives; HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada; LATS 400-level Seminars;

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