ANTHY201-22A (HAM)

Patriots, Racists, and Foreigners: Ethnicity and Identity in Global Perspective

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The way that humans categorise themselves and others shapes social identity, conflict and inequality. This paper focuses on how human societies define and manage human difference using the concept of ethnicity and its related concepts of race and nationality. Students will be offered a chance to explore critical global issues including white supremacy, online hate speech, ethnic populism, the rights of indigenous peoples, the movement of migrants and refugees and the surveillance of minority groups. Students will be introduced to social science theories of ethnicity and identity and will explore ethnographic case studies from across the world including India, China, Brazil, South Africa, USA, UK, Germany, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

This paper equips students to understand how ethnicity and identity are constructed and their effects in social and political life. In engaging with material that exemplifies both extreme and subtle forms of discrimination, racism and populism, students will wrestle with a range of philosophies, values and ethical frameworks. The paper will prompt students to ask why are some lives counted as more valuable than others? How do historical legacies of exploitation and violence endure in contemporary society? How does casual racism underpin structural inequality? How do global interconnections shape everyday experiences of sameness and difference? Students will be introduced to anthropological theoretical frameworks that equip them to understand social conflict on global and local levels and to decode and critique manifestations of racism and ethnic conflict in societies both unfamiliar and familiar to them.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is FLEXI in structure.

There is no in-person lecture in 2022. Instead, two videos of approximately 30 minutes will be available on Panopto each week. Viewing the lectures is compulsory and you will be assessed on your completion and engagement with these lectures. Each week there will also be a tutorial of one hour. Attending the tutorial is compulsory. Students who cannot regularly attend the tutorial in person will be allowed to attend tutorial via Zoom, but they must seek permission from their tutorial instructor to do so. Attendance in tutorials will also form part of your assessment.

Tutorials begin in the second week of the semester.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Understand and evaluate academic conceptualisations of ethnicity, race, nationality and indigeneity

    Explain the definitions of and differences between key concepts of ethnicity, race, nationality, ancestry, cultures, populations, indigeneity

    Reflect meaningfully on their own positioning and identity in relation to ethnicity or nationality

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  • Apply anthropological approaches to studying difference, conflict, identity and belonging
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  • Critically analyse how popular understandings of race, ethnicity, and identity influence are constructed and reinforced through a variety of cultural institutions

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  • Demonstrate in writing an ability to formulate critical, tenable and substantiated scientific arguments on ethnic relations
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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 1:0. There is no final exam.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Biography Response
25 Mar 2022
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Autoethnography
14 Apr 2022
No set time
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3. Research Paper Part One: Project Proposal
6 May 2022
No set time
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4. Research Paper Part Two: Draft Outline
20 May 2022
No set time
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5. Research Paper Part Three: Final Paper
10 Jun 2022
No set time
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6. Participation in Tutorials
7. Video Completion and Video Quizzes
8. Short Online Test
17 Mar 2022
9:00 AM
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Week One: Overview of ANTHY301

Suggested readings: Malcom X, Trevor Noah or Helen Wong Biography excerpts.

Week Two: Introduction to Ethnicity

Jenkins, Richard. (2002). Imagined but not imaginary: ethnicity and nationalism in the modern world. In Jeremy MacClancy (ed.), Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines. University of Chicago Press. pp. 114--128 (2002)

Peers, Eleanor Katherine. 2015 "Cartoon epic heroes in indigenous Siberian revival: The meaning of ethnicity in Putin's Russia" Anthropology Today 31, no. 3: 3-7.

Week Three: The Enduring Power of Race

Harrison, Faye V. 2002. "Unravelling race for the twenty-first century." Exotic no more: anthropology for the contemporary world. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Pp. 77-103.

Hill, Jane. 2009. “The persistence of white racism” in The everyday language of white racism. NJ USA: Wiley Blackwell. pp. 1-30.

Week Four: Antiblackness

Da Silva, Antonio José Bacelar, and Erika Robb Larkins. 2019. "The Bolsonaro election, antiblackness, and changing race relations in Brazil." The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 24, no. 4. Pp. 893-913.

Parikh, Shanti, and Jong Bum Kwon. 2020. "Crime seen: Racial terror and the technologies of Black life and death." American Ethnologist 47, no. 2: 128-138.

Week Five: Nationalism & Belonging

Shoshan, Nitzan. 2016. “Kebab and the WurstThe management of hate: Nation, affect, and the governance of right-wing extremism in Germany. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Pp. 55-84

White, Hylton. 2012."A post-Fordist ethnicity: insecurity, authority, and identity in South Africa." Anthropological Quarterly pp.397-427.

Week Six: Ethnicity as a Legal and Economic Claim

Harrison, Simon. 1999. "Identity as a scarce resource." Social Anthropology 7, no. 3: 239-251.

Evans, Gillian. 2012. " The aboriginal people of England": The culture of class politics in contemporary Britain." Focaal 2012, no. 62: 17-29.

Week Seven: Indigeneity as the Other

Hokowhitu, Brendan. 2004."Tackling Māori masculinity: A colonial genealogy of savagery and sport." The Contemporary Pacific (2004): 259-284.

Moreton-Robinson, Aileen. 2015."Bodies that Matter on the Beach." In The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press. Pp. 33-46.

Week Eight: Illegal Migration

Pinelli, Barbara. 2021. "Death and salvation of refugee women on European borders: Race, gender and class of bodies and power." Anthropology Today 37, no. 1: 17-20.

De León, Jason. 2015. The land of open graves: Living and dying on the migrant trail. California: Univ of California Press, pp. 68-72 & 145-166.

Week Nine: Global hierarchies of Labour

Amrute, Sareeta. 2020. "Bored techies being casually racist: race as algorithm." Science, Technology, & Human Values 45, no. 5: 903-933.

Benton, Adia. 2016. "African expatriates and race in the anthropology of humanitarianism." Critical African Studies 8, no. 3 (2): 266-277.

Week Ten: Sex, Intimacy & Family

Hoang, Kimberly Kay. 2015. “New Hierarchies of Global Men” in Dealing in desire: Asian ascendancy, Western decline, and the hidden currencies of global sex work. Univ of California Press, 2015.

McElhinny, Bonnie. 2005. "“Kissing a Baby Is Not at All Good for Him”: Infant Mortality, Medicine, and Colonial Modernity in the US‐Occupied Philippines." American Anthropologist 107, no. 2: 183-194.

Week Eleven: Terrorists & Tech

Sapignoli, Maria. 2021. "The mismeasure of the human: Big data and the ‘AI turn’in global governance." Anthropology Today 37, no. 1 (2021): 4-8.

Byler, Darren. 2019. "Ghost World." Logic Magazine, Issue 7: China. May 01 2019. Online publication

Week Twelve: The Politics of Food, Taste & Heritage

Meneley, Anne. "Resistance is fertile!." Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture 14, no. 4 (2014): 69-78.

Mak, Veronica Sau-Wa. 2020. "The heritagization of milk tea: cultural governance and placemaking in Hong Kong." Asian Anthropology: 1-17.

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This paper is supported by moodle.
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You should spend 10 hours a week on this paper. This includes lecture and tutorial attendance and reading for the paper.
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