In a supposedly colorblind era, how has race remained a salient feature of American life? In this course, students will explore the meaning making practices that produce race as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“common senseÃ¢â‚¬Â both historically and contemporarily. How has race been explained in biological, cultural and social constructionist approaches? How has the imbrication of race, class, gender, sexuality and nation been thought through across disciplines? This course has two main objectives. The first is to familiarize students with a range of advanced scholarship on theories of race and ethnicity. The second is to develop within students the capacity to bring concepts, theoretical trajectories and categories of difference into conversation with one another. Students in this course will develop a critical vocabulary for analyzing power and racial formation.
Topics covered include diaspora, citizenship, race and the colonial imagination, representation, the borderlands and a special unit on Hurricane Katrina, prisons and the management of social insecurity.