Cultural Anthropology of Latin America

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cultural Anthropology of Latin America

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    OBJECTIVES
    The aim of this Course is to explore the current model of inter-ethnic relations in Latin America
    as a fundamental aspect of its present-day social reality. The syllabus will be centred on the co-existence
    of two well-defined strategies: a) the domination of the indigenous population by national elites and b)
    the resistance practised by ethnic groups. The content of class sessions will be based on the explanation
    of basic theoretical concepts.

    SYLLABUS
    1. Diversity within Unity in Latin America.
    1.1. Territory: Ecological Factors and Economic Usage.
    1.2. General Historical Processes: the Pre-Hispanic Era, Conquest and Settlement, National
    Independence.
    1.3. Specific Historical Processes.
    1.4. The Multi-Ethnic Composition of Latin America’s Population.
    2. Theoretical Instruments for the Analysis of Ethnic-National Issues in Latin America.
    2.1. Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Minorities, Race, Social Class and Gender.
    2.2. Ethnicity, Indexes and Symbols of Ethnicity.
    2.3. Inter-ethnic Relations: Violence, Stigmatization, and Domination. Latin America’s Asymmetric
    Model.
    2.4. The Creation of National States in Latin America and Indigenous Issues.
    2.5. Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide.
    3. The Latin American Dialectic: National State and Ethnic Groups.
    3.1. The Strategy of Indigenity in the face of the Indian Question. Issues Raised, Objectives, and
    Results.
    3.2. Indigenous Resistance: Demographic, Cultural, Legal, Religious, and Political Factors.
    3.3. National and Continental Frameworks in the Organization of Ethnic Groups.
    3.4. Rebellion, Insurgence, and Guerrilla Groups.
    3.5. The Struggle against Indigenous Poverty: Economic and Ethnic Development.
    4. Ethnic-National Issues in Latin America: Case Studies.
    4.1. Mexico.
    4.2. The Andine Region.
    4.3. Amazonia.
    4.4. Central America.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.