Ethnoracial Identity in Anthropology, Language, and Law

December 4, 2020

ANTHR 3475

Day/time: TR 2:45pm - 4:00pm

Mode: In person

Instructor: Vilma Santiago-Irizarry

Description: In this course, we examine the role that law and language, as mutually constitutive mediating systems, occupy in constructing ethnoracial identity in the United States. We will approach law from a critical anthropological perspective, as a signifying and significant sociocultural system, rather than as an objective structure of rational rules and processes, to consider how legal norms, procedures, and discourses inform other processes of sociocultural production and reproduction, thus contributing to the creation and maintenance of differential power relations. We will draw on anthropological, linguistic, and critical race theory as well as ethnographic and legal material to guide and document our analyses.

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