ANT 337 African American Cultures

The African American cultural experience spans four hundred years, two continents and several islands. This course uses ethnography, documentaries and field trips to trace African American cultures from the past to the present with a focus on religion and slavery in the US and Caribbean, post-emancipation black towns and cowboys, blues music and Civil Rights, the cultural politics of labeling from the n-word to African American, the contemporary meaning and significance of soul food, and the gender dynamics of black embodiment. In addition, students will have the opportunity to collaborate on a project with the African American community in Danville.