Spring 2019 - SA 388 D100

Comparative Studies of Minority Indigenous Peoples (A) (4)

Class Number: 3153

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Michael Hathaway
    Office: AQ 5063
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



The social and cultural patterns of aboriginal populations within various modern nation-states. Their relations with majority societies and with other indigenous groups across the world.


Over the last few decades, Indigenous peoples have become a major force in international debates, national politics, and local struggles. This class will examine these dynamics, paying particular attention to the ways that Indigenous politics have been internationalized. We will explore these connections and links in detail, and examine how the politics of the Indigenous is quite different in various countries and over time. We will take an engaged analytical approach and ask a number of questions, such as: How and why Indigenous peoples' movements arise in particular places at particular times? How does the issue of authenticity play out in particular contexts and on the world stage? How might we rethink notions of tradition and change that can accommodate social dynamism?

We will focus on Brazil, Guatemala, and New Zealand, and draw connections and contrasts with the Indigenous situation elsewhere, such as Canada, Indonesia, and China. Students will write a research paper on a topic of their choice. The class will be conducted as an intensive seminar, with active student participation.


  • Seminar participation 25%
  • Seminar presentation 25%
  • Final project 50%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

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Simpson, Audra. (2014). Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
ISBN: 978-0-822356554

Warren, Jonathan. (2001). Racial Revolutions: Antiracism and Indian Resurgence in Brazil. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
ISBN: 978-0-822327417

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