POL S 570 A: The American Racial State

Meeting Time: 
M 1:30pm - 4:20pm
SMI 111
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Sophia Jordán Wallace

Syllabus Description:

Course Overview:

This course will examine critical questions and debates in race, ethnicity, and politics (REP). It utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate the history of minorities in the U.S. and examine the interaction of minority politics with broader American politics. Students will read both canonical and contemporary works in the field of REP. The course begins with theoretical conceptions of race and ethnicity and how they inform notions of citizenship and group membership. Subsequent topics include electoral politics, social movements, immigration, campaigns and media, representation, and competition within and among minority groups. Finally, selected contemporary policy issues will be discussed and evaluated. The goal is to familiarize students with both the theoretical underpinnings of REP as well as how theories in REP can be applied to other topics in American politics.

Catalog Description: 
Explores the mutually constitutive relationship between race and American political institutions, beginning with theories of race and racial constructions, race-making and nation-making, racial triangulation, and intersectionality. Examines various institutions and public policies as manifestations of the American racial state, focusing on the epistemological challenges of identifying race, racism, and racialization.
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August 2, 2019 - 9:08pm