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Re: Constructions of race - reading list
In Response To: Constructions of race ()

I said I would post the reading list for my class when I put it together - here's how it looks now:

Race, Color & Class in the Americas

A comparative anthropological examination of the relationships between social constructions of race and class in the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America, including the cultural use of variations in skin color and phenotype to define difference and maintain social inequality.
This course will cover the main historical and global processes that have led to the formation of racial minorities (e.g., slavery and colonial expansion) as well as examine several groups in detail using ethnographies to illustrate the complexity and variations of these phenomena.

Students will learn the complexities of the racial constructions of mulatto & mestizo, explore the impact of “hypodescent” or “the one drop rule” in the US and compare and contrast the US with three-tiered color-class systems in Latin America and the Caribbean. We will also examine contemporary constructions of bi-racialism, new native identity, and the revival of the mulatto construct.

Required Textbook: Race, Steven Gregory & Roger Sanjeck, editors, Rutgers University Press, 1994

Required Reading Selections :

Chapters from books:
Anthropology & Race, Eugenia Shanklin, Wadsworth Publishing Company, Belmont, California. 1994

Exposing Prejudice: Puerto Rican Experiences of Language, Race & Class, Bonnie Urciuoli, Westview Press, 1998

Marriage, Class and Colour in Nineteenth Century Cuba: a Study of Racial Attitudes and Sexual Values in a Slave Society, Verena Martinez-Alier, 1989

Patterns of Race in the Americas, Marvin Harris, Walker, New York, 1964

Almost White, Brewton Berry, Macmillan, 1963

Race and Mixed Race, Naomi Zack, Temple University Press, 1993

White by Definition: Social Classification in Creole Louisiana, Virginia R Dominguez, Rutgers University Press, 1986

Lumbee Indian Histories, Race, Ethnicity, and Indian Identity in Southern United States. Gerald Sider, New York, Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina, Heinegg, Paul, Clearfield, 2001

Neither Black nor White: Slavery and Race Relations in Brazil and the United States, Carl Degler Univ. of Wisconsin Press 1971

Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, Ed. Arlene Torres, Norman E. Whitten

Journal Articles:
"An Overview of the Phenomenon of Mixed Race Isolates in the United States." Beale, Calvin. 1972. American Anthropologist 74:704-710.

“Racial Distance and Region in Brazil: Intermarriage in Brazilian Urban Areas”. Edward E. Telles Latin American Research Review. 28 (2) 1993.

"The Black Puerto Rican Woman in Contemporary American Society” Angela Jorge in The Puerto Rican Woman: Perspectives on Cultures, History and Society. Preager Press, New York 1976

Suggested Further Readings on race, color, and class:

“Caste in India and the United States”, Gerald D Berreman, The Nacirema: Readings on American Culture. James P. Spradley and Michael A. Rynkiewich, eds. Pp. 164-172. Boston: Little, Brown and Company 1975

El Prejuicio Racial en Puerto Rico, Tomas Blanco, 1975 (reprint from 1948) Arno Press, N.Y.

"White "Ladies", coloured "favourites" and black "wenches": Some Considerations on sex, race, and class factors in social relations in white creole society in the British Caribbean," Barbara Bush, Slavery and Abolition, 2 (1981), pp. 253-254.

Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins, Routledge, Chapman and Hall, New York 1991

Deep South, Allison Davis, B Gardner, Mary R Gardner, Univ. of Chicago Press, (1941) Chicago1988

Caste and Class in a Southern Town John Dollard, Anchor Books, New York, (original pub.1937), 1957Yale Univ. Press

The Philadelphia Negro, W.E.B. DuBois, Schocken Books, New York, (1899)1967

"Racism and Culture", Frantz Fanon, In W. Barclay, K. Kumar and R. Simms Racial Conflict, Discrimination, & Power: Historical and Contemporary Studies, AMS Press NY

"Attitudes of Puerto Ricans Toward Color" Joseph Fitzpatrick, American Catholic Sociological Review, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 219-233) 1959

The Negro Family in the United States, E. Franklin Frazier, Univ. of Chicago Press1966, original edition1939 by Univ. of Chicago1957

The Black Bourgeoisie, E. Franklin Frazier, The Free Press, New York

New World in the Tropics: The Culture of Modern Brazil, Gilberto Freyre,
Vintage, New York1945

Beyond the Melting Pot, Nathan Glazer, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, The M.I.T. Press, Cambridge, Mass. 1963

The Black Anglo-Saxons, Nathan Hare, Third World Press1991 (originally printed 1965), Chicago

Family and Color in Jamaica, Fernando Henriques, Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1953

"Race and Color in the Caribbean", H. Hoetnick, Caribbean Contours, John Hopkins Univ., Baltimore (pp. 55-84) 1985

The Black Jacobins, C.L.R. James, Vintage Books, New York 1989(1938)

Slave Society in Cuba During the Nineteenth Century, Franklin W Knight Univ. of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 1970

The Culture of Poverty: A Critique, Eleanor Leacock. ed., Simon and Shuster, New York, 1971

"The Caste System Upside Down in the Not-so-Mysterious East" Joan Mencher,
Current Anthropology 5:469-93, 1974

The Color Complex,: The Politics of Skin Color Among African Americans Kathy Russell, Midge Wilson, Ronald Hall, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, New York1992

The Urban Poor of Puerto Rico: A Study in Development and Inequality, Helen Icken Safa, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York1974

The Caribbean Family: Legitimacy in Martinique, Mariam K. Slater, St. Martins Press1977

"A framework for Caribbean Studies" Michael G Smith The Plural Society in the British West Indies, Berkeley, Univ. of California Press, 1965

"Motion in the System: Coffee, Color and Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Saint Domingue", Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Review, V.3, 331-388, 1982

Social Class and Social Change in Puerto Rico, Melvin M.Tumin, Bobbs-

Required Viewing (in class video presentation)

“Color” An examination of skin color issues in the African-American community, produced by Warrington Hudlin & Denise Oliver, directed by Warrington Hudlin, written by Denise Oliver, The Black Filmmaker Foundation, 1982

“Zoot Suit”, Directed by Luis Valdez, 1982

Bahia: Africa in the Americas, Geovanni and Michael Brewer 1988


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