Interrogating America: Anthropology of the United States

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Interrogating America

Fall 2019

Taught By: Rachel Heiman

Section: A

CRN: 7120

Credits: 3

Anthropology is often thought to be the study of foreign lands, yet anthropologists have long focused their attention on the United States. In recent years, with growing public concerns about everything from the militarization of everyday life to the mass marketing of pharmaceutical drugs, there has been a surge of anthropological research on the United States. This course explores contemporary ethnographic studies of various 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 gendered frontiers and urban futures. We end by posing critical questions about the boundaries of the nation-state with a focus on transnational migration, 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 Latinx youth, from California to casinos.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:35am 12/7/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 517

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019