Multi-Culturalism from a Global Perspective
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Course title in Estonian
Mitmekultuurilisus globaalsest perspektiivist
Course title in English
Multi-Culturalism from a Global Perspective
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approximate amount of contact lessons
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
Carlo Cubero Irizarry (inglise keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Global flows of peoples, ideas and commodities have had a long history. Nevertheless it has been the recent technological advances in transportation and communications that have produced a compression of the experience of time and space, which in turn have made the topic of multi-culturalism a central issue in anthropological research. This course explores these changes, and how global connections impinge on the daily lives of individuals and communities. In addition it explores how peoples deal with migration, integration into worldwide systems of capital, and the experience of marginality.

This course will offer an introduction to multiculturalism from a global perspective. It will focus on the consistencies and contradictions that are inherent in the multiplicity and fractal relations that are suggested by identity politics in a globalised context.

In the first half of the course, we look at multicultural policies in colonial and postcolonial Europe and Asia. The second half of the semester examines the legacy of colonialism in the Americas and the contemporary challenges that multiculturalism discourse brings to the study of culture. The comparative angle promises interesting insights into the colonial and postcolonial heritage of the modern nation-state logic and the question of a polarized globe.
Brief description of the course
The main activities of this course will consist of seminars and tutorial sessions where specific ethnographic readings will be discussed.

Thematic lectures will also be offered by the course reader. The lectures will address the general historic and academic context of the theme in discussion. The lectures will emphasise on the applications that these themes have for other human sciences.
Themes 1st Half of Semester with focus on Asia and Europe

1. Value, Recognition, Rights and Everyday Multiculturalism
2. Multiculturalism in the new World Order: Theory, Methodology and Micro-Sociology of Everyday Multiculturalism
3. Colonial and Knowledge Foundations of Multiculturalism
4. Contested Asylum and Human Rights

5. Micro-Sociology of Multicultural Spaces

6. Dynamics of Everyday Multiculturalism and Everyday Racism

Themes 2nd Half of Semester with focus on The Americas
7. Definition & Central Tensions of Culture and Globalisation
8. Researching Migration and Transnationalism
9. Diasporas
10. Global Media & Culture
11. Democracy & Social Movements
12. Global Cities and Multiple Modernities
Independent work
Independent work with the compulsory literature, preparation for the seminar discussion and two essays.
Learning outcomes in the course
To offer an introduction to the different ways in which anthropology has engaged with multiculturalism. It will specifically look into the peculiar contributions that anthropology has made to understanding of culture in a global context with an eye for its connections to other human sciences. Offer researchers a study environment that stimulates disciplined intellectual analysis, organised research, discussion skills, and writing skills in a spirit of critical thinking.
Assessment methods
Students will be assessed on the basis of two short essays submitted at the end of each half of the semester, class attendance, and participation. The essay should be based on the themes and issues that have been covered on the course during the half of the course. It is suggested that it be between 1700 - 2500 words and it should reference readings discussed in class.
Dotsent Carlo Cubero
Study literature
Anderson, Elijah 2008. Against the Wall - Poor, Young, Black, and Male. University of Pennsylvania Press.
Clifford, James. 1997. Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century. Harvard University Press, Boston.
Goh, Daniel P. S. 2008. From Colonial Pluralism to Postcolonial Multiculturalism: Race, State Formation and the Question of Cultural Diversity in Malaysia and Singapore. Sociology Compass, 2, 1: 232-252
Gupta, Akhil & Ferguson, James. 1997. Culture, Power, and Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology. Duke University Press, Durham.

Kymlicka, Will 2009. Multicultural Odysseys. Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Triktin, Miriam 2011. Casualties of Care. Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Vertovec, Steven. 2009. Transnationalism. Routledge, London.
Vertovec, Steven 2015. Diversities Old and New: Migration and Socio-Spatial Pattern
Replacement literature
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