Interrogating America: Anthropology of the United States
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NANT 3521
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Social Sciences
- Social Justice
Anthropology is often thought of as the study of foreign lands, but anthropologists have long focused their attention on the United States. In recent years, as public concern grows about everything from the militarization of everyday life to the mass marketing of pharmaceutical drugs, there has been a surge of anthropological studies of the United States. This course explores contemporary ethnographic studies of forms of inclusion and exclusion in the United States, ranging from race and religion to class and citizenship. We read about new technologies that are transforming financial markets and nuclear stockpiles and explore social solidarities that are reimagining the frontiers of gender and urban futures. We end by posing critical questions about the boundaries of the nation-state, with a focus on immigration law, military bases, and global clinical trials. The ethnographic texts we read explore a variety of sites and subjects: from Tennessee to tobacco farms, from Los Alamos to Latino/a youth, from California to casinos.