Topics in Political Theory
Privilege and Race in Global Perspective
Critical Race Theory has emerged as an important yet controversial field of study. But how do notions of race and privilege “travel” and how have they developed in contexts outside of a White/non-White categorization in North America? This course will consider arguments that seek to situate “Whiteness” globally, as well as other localized iterations of ascriptive privilege. We will look at how theoretical formulations of race map on to categories such as ethnicity, caste, and indigeneity, paying close attention to issues of intersectionality.
To include readings by Derek Bell, Ian Haney Lopez, Angela Harris, Charles W. Mills, Franz Fanon, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Juliet Hooker, Piya Chatterjee, Robin DiAngelo, Gloria Anzaldúa, Kehaulani Kauanui, Tania Li, Houria Bouteldja.
Format and Requirements
Response papers, in-class writing, short essays, final exam.
POL200Y1 or POL200Y5 or (POLC70H3 and POLC71H3)