Five College Consortium

Political Identities

Subject Name: 

Political Science

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Amherst College

[CP, GP] [SC - starting with the Class of 2015] The assertion of group identities, based on language, region, religion, race, gender, sexuality, and class, among other variables, has increasingly animated politics cross-nationally. However, the extent to which identities become politicized varies enormously across time and place. We will explore what it means to describe an identity as political. This exercise entails assessing the conditions under which states, civil societies, and political societies recognize certain identities while ignoring or repressing others. In other words, it entails analyzing the ways in which political processes make and remake identities. What do groups gain and lose from identity-based movements? And what are the broader implications of identity-based movements for democratic politics?

Limited to 30 students. Spring semester.  Professor Basu.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
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Course Sections

Political Identities
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Amrita Basu

TTH 02:30PM-03:50PM

WEBS 220