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21A.226 Ethnic and National Identity, Spring 2005

Market day people in Mexico.
Market day people in Mexico. (Image courtesy of stock.xchng, by Tim Qulick.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a full set of lecture notes and an extensive bibliography of required and supplementary readings.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the cross-cultural study of ethnic and national identity. We examine the concept of social identity, consider how gender, religious and racial identity components interact with ethnic and national ones. We explore the history of nationalism, including the emergence of the idea of the nation-state, and discuss the effects of globalization, migration, and transnational institutions. We also look at identity politics and ethnic conflict.


Prof. Jean Jackson

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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