One of the unspoken rules in Caribbean societies is: "If you're white, you're all right; if you're brown stick around; if you're black stay back." Yet, ironically in many of these societies the notion that "a rich black is a mulatto and a poor mulatto is black" is also prevalent. This course critically examines the prominence of color, as a symbol of race, in the social hierarchy of Caribbean societies. It explores the complex manifestations of color particularly as it intersects with class. Students consider how color operates, as a marker of status, especially in the making and remaking of gendered identities. Themes covered include but are not limited to: Family, love and marriage patterns, beauty ideals and nationalism, political leadership and representation. Reading materials consist primarily of ethnographies.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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