Fall 2014

Latin American Nations

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-205


Amy C. Hall (Section 01)


This course focuses on the history and anthropology of Latin America, situating those nations as postcolonial entities invented from the collapse of colonial polities. We will examine the rich history and complex politics of the area, with an emphasis on the last century, to understand what constitutes “nation” and how that has shifted from independence in the early 1800s to the present day with its increased mobility and global connectivity. Throughout the course we will challenge dominant ideas of “Latin America” to understand the diversity of lived experiences within and beyond the boundaries of the nation. Questions this course will ask include: What is a nation? How did Latin American nations emerge? How do race, gender, indigeneity, and other concepts and practices intersect with nation? How have social movements, neoliberalism and militarization affected nations? What role has the U.S. played in shaping Latin America? Is nation still a useful or viable concept when thinking about Latin America? What does it mean to be “Latin American” or “Peruvian” or “Mexican” or “Brazilian,” etc. today?

Limited to 30 students.   Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Hall.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to seniors and majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020