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    Macalester College
   
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
College Catalog 2017-2018

ANTH 255 - Latin America in Motion

Cross-Listed as LATI 255  
This course is an introduction to the cultural diversity and complexity of Latin American societies. We will examine regional differences from an anthropological perspective and discus how social institutions and cultural practices and traditions have been shaped, and how they have dealt with continuity and change. Ethnographic case studies will allow us to explore relevant topics related to ethnicity, social stratification, gift-giving/reciprocity, kinship, rural/urban relationships, cosmology and religion, and gender. These issues will be examined within the context of particular histories, considering the legacy of colonialism, the formation of the nation-state, the emergence of social movements, post-colonial nationalism, the impact of migration and urbanization, and the effects of neo-liberalism and globalization. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 101  or ANTH 111   Alternate years. (4 Credits)