SPAN2014 Ethnography of Latin America
This module uses ethnographic approaches to understand the diversity of Latin America’s peoples and cultures. Emphasizing the emergence within Latin American anthropology of focuses on everyday life through topics such as kinship and family, ritual and religion, illness and healing, and race and gender, we examine how micro-processes entwine with macro-processes of globalization, social transformation and inequality. We therefore integrate details about particular peoples and cultures with analyses of the wider historical and social themes that are central to critically understanding the complexities of Latin America. Module materials are centred on ethnography as both research process and scholarly product. Ethnography is supplemented with literature, film (both documentary and non-documentary), and journalism.
Aims and Objectives
Students will develop: • An understanding of the cultures of different Latin American peoples • Knowledge of central themes in the anthropology of Latin America • Critical insights into general questions of ethnographic representation • Awareness of the dominant social issues and historical contexts of the region • Knowledge of the tools needed to pursue independent research in and about Latin America
Topics covered in this module are likely to include: • Anthropology and Latin America • Conquest and colonialism • Ritual and religion • Kinship and family • Gender, race and ethnicity • Illness and health • The State, civil strife and social movements • Neoliberalism and migration • Transnational Communities in the U.S.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lecture and discussion
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||50|
|Wider reading or practice||38|
|Completion of assessment task||40|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
|Essay (2000 words)||80%|
Repeat type: Internal & External