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Postgraduate Course: Latin American Anthropology (PGSP11419)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe objective of the course is to provide postgraduate students with an advanced understanding of major contemporary debates and key works in the social anthropology of Latin America. The course will have a particular focus on the different ways in which life in the region has been "mediated" through literature, food, film, music, and other kinds of cultural productions. It will also offer a geographically focused examination of race, violence, religion, urbanization, and sexuality.
Course description Anthropologists working in Latin America have been at the forefront of the discipline's theorization of racial and economic inequality, the culture of politics, and urban life. Latin America has also been a site for major studies of social change, including civil war, migration, and economic globalization. This course will provide students with a chance for intensive engagement with the major themes and debates in the anthropology of Latin America. Through a close reading and discussion of ethnographic works, films, music, and other media, students in the course will become familiar with the breadth of languages, religions, political formations, and cultural systems of the area. Particular attention will be paid to recent interests among anthropologists in urban life, violence, religious syncretism, environmental politics, sexuality, and social movements.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The formative assessment will consist of one 1000-word book review to be completed by week 4. The final assessment will consist of one 4000-word research paper written in response to questions designed by the lecturer(s).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a critical understanding of the major theories, empirical questions, and debates in contemporary Latin American anthropology.
  2. Possess an extensive, detailed knowledge of one particular cultural group and/or area of theoretical inquiry in Latin American anthropology.
  3. Critically analyse and evaluate ethnographic, popular press, film, and media from Latin America.
  4. Develop advanced skills in analytical writing and anthropological analysis.
Reading List
--High, C. Lost and Found: Contesting isolation and cultivating contact in Amazonian Ecuador.Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 3(3): 195-221.
--selections from Kulick, D. Travesti: Sex, Gender, and Culture among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes. University of Chicago Press.
--Howe, C. Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
--Stephen, L. Women and Social Movements in Latin America: Power from Below. Austin: University of Texas Press.
--Paley, J. Marketing Democracy: Power and Social Movements in Post-Dictatorship Chile. Berkeley: University of California Press.
--Mayblin, M. Gender, Catholicism, and Morality in Brazil: Virtuous Husbands, Powerful Wives New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
-- O'Neill, K. "The Reckless Will: Prison Chaplaincy and the Problem of Mara Salvatrucha," Public Culture 22(1):67-88.
--Wade, P. 1993. The Cultural Politics of Blackness in Colombia. American Ethnologist 22(2): 342-358.
--de la Cadena, M. Are Mesitzos Hybrids? The Conceptual Politics of Andean Identities. Journal of Latin American Studies 37(2):259-284.
--Starn, O. Missing the Revolution: Anthropologists and the War in Peru. Cultural Anthropology 6(1): 63-91.
--Manz, B. Paradise in Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror and Hope. Berkeley: University of California Press.
--Caldeira, T. 2000. City of Walls: Crime, Segregation and Citizenship in Sao Paolo. Berkeley: University of California Press.
-- Vianna, H. The Mystery of Samba: Popular Music and National Identity in Brazil. University of North Carolina Press.
--Samet, R. "The Photographer's Body: Populism, Polarization, and the Uses of Victimhood in Venezuela" American Ethnologist 40(3):525-539.
--Course, M. Why Mapuche Sing. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol. 15(2(: 295-313.
-- Rodgers, D., Beall, J., and Kanbur, R. Latin American urban development into the twenty-first century: Towards a renewed perspective on the city. European Journal of Development Research, 23(4). pp. 550-568.
--Sawyer, S. Crude Chronicles: Indigenous Politics, Multinational Oil, and Neoliberalism in Ecuador. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
--Carse, A. Nature as Infrastructure: Making and Managing the Panama Canal Watershed. Social Studies of Science 42(4):539-563.
--Gomberg-Munoz, R. Willing to Work: Agency and Vulnerability in an Undocumented Immigrant Network. American Anthropologist 112(2):295-307.
-- Reichman, D. The Broken Village: Coffee, Migration, and Globalization in Honduras. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
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Course organiserDr Alex Nading
Tel: (0131 6)50 4052
Course secretaryMs Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 5066
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