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2018-2019 Catalog
ANT 4451: Anthropology of Race

Course Description for Anthropology of Race

ANT4451: Anthropology of Race
This course will introduce students to the uses and misuses of the concept of “race” from an anthropological perspective. Within the broad four-field approach of contemporary anthropology, “race” is recognized as a social construction with no biological validity. In this course, students will explore the concept as a social mechanism created during the eighteenth century and utilized to rationalize colonialism, resulting in enduring social hierarchies of inequality based on phenotypic differences.