Race and Society: South Africa and the US, 1890-present

POLSCI 274S

Scholars, pundits, and historical actors have long drawn parallels between the United States and South Africa–two countries founded on the premises of racial inequality. This course explores the machinations of race from the quickening of industrial development to the present. We will consider the benefits and difficulties of thinking comparatively, as well as cover such topics as segregation, transatlantic cultural exchanges, living apartheid and Jim Crow, the limits and possibilities of dissent, the development of surveillance states, the American anti-apartheid movement, constructions of historical memory, and the persistence of racial inequality in two country's contemporary societies. Instructor: Shapiro
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • CZ
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • AAAS 354S
  • HISTORY 296S
  • ICS 358S
  • PUBPOL 362S
  • SOCIOL 322S
Typically Offered
Spring Only