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SOAN 180: Anthropology and Colonialism in Africa

How has Africa been shaped by colonialism and what has been the relationship of anthropology to colonialism? Between 1884 and 1960, Africa was restructured by colonial rule. This course will examine how colonialism transformed the laws, political structures, political economy, and religion of different colonial states. It will also examine the complicated relationship between the discipline of anthropology and colonialism. In doing so, we will draw from ethnographies and historical studies and analyze the role of anthropologists in Africa during the colonial era and its aftermath.
6 credits; SI, IS, WR2; Not offered 2021-2022