Anthropology 261 - Cultures of Power in Mexico

Cultures of Power in Mexico

Matthew Watson

TTH 10:30AM-11:45AM

Mount Holyoke College
Kendade 203
This course introduces the anthropology of Mexico through ethnographies of power, knowledge, and indigeneity. Drawing on feminist and decolonial critical methods, we will trace constructions of Mexican indigeneity through two intersecting stories. The first centers the effects of neocolonial capitalism on indigenous lives, with attention to contemporary ethnographic themes including bioprospecting, narcoculture, social movements, and resistance/refusal. The second lends historical texture to these themes by tracing how state anthropologists have constructed and governed indigenous communities since the Revolution.

Prereq: ANTHR-105.

Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.