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1 The United States Anthropology/LSP/AmSt 377 Department of Anthropology/Latino Studies Program/American Studies Program Cornell University Fall 2007 TR 2:55-4:10 p.m. Prof. V. Santiago-Irizarry Anthropology Office: 212 McGraw Hall (607)255–6773 Latino Studies Office: 434 Rockefeller Hall (607)255-3197 E-mail Address: [email protected] Office Hours: TR, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 434 Rockefeller Hall and by appointment The anthropological inquiry into one's own culture is never a neutral exercise. This course will explore issues in the cultural construction of the United States as a "pluralistic" society as well as on-going debates over its "anthropologization.” We will look at the historical and ideological contexts that have produced a sociocultural profile predicated upon ideas intrinsic to the US national imaginary such as individualism, freedom, and equality and the ways these are, in practice, applied within a capitalist order. We will draw upon a variety of historical and ethnographic material for our anthropological examination of the paradoxes involved in the construction of the United States, including scholarly and popular accounts. Required Readings: di Leonardo, Micaela. 1998. Exotics At Home: Anthropologies, Others, American Modernity . Chicago: Chicago University Press. Ginsburg, Faye. 1998[1989]. Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community . Revised edition. Berkeley: University of California Press. Greenhouse, Carol, Barbara Yngvesson, and David Engel. 1994. Law and Community in Three American Towns . Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Mead, Sidney. 1963. The Lively Experiment: The Shaping of Christianity in America . New York: Harper and Row. NB: This text is out of print. We will be reading excerpts reprinted by the Campus Store's Custom Publishing service (Reader, Part 1).
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2 Nash, June. 1989. From Tank Town to High Tech: The Clash of Community and Industrial Cycles . Albany: State University of New York Press. NB: This text, too, is out of print and we will be reading excerpts reprinted by Custom Publishing (Reader, Part 2). Santiago-Irizarry, Vilma. 2001. Medicalizing Ethnicity: The Construction of Latino Identity in a Psychiatric Setting . Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Trachtenberg, Alan. 2007[1982]. The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age . 25 th Anniversary Edition. New York: Hill and Wang. Urciuoli, Bonnie. 1996. Exposing Prejudice: Puerto Rican Experiences of Language, Race, and Class . Boulder: Westview Press. Weber, Max. 2003. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism . New York: Dover.
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