ANTHROPOLOGY 211F: Caribbean Studies           last revised 5 Oct 05

  Classroom:           Soc Sci 2020
  Class times:         Mon 8:30 - 10:30;   Wed  8:30 - 9:30    Class Website:
John Gehman:  lecturer Jorge Chimbinda
  Office:   SSC 3410   Office:    SSC 3306
  Phone:   661-3430, ext. 5100:  don't use voice mail   Phone:    661-3430, leave message
  E-Mail:         use e-mail   E-Mail:
  Office Hr:   Wednesday 9:30 - 10:20 (& by appointment)   Office Hr: Monday  10:30 - 11:20 (& by appointment)


Map quiz                        8%      26 Sept & 12 Oct
Mid-Term                    28%      26 Oct
Discussion Paper #1      8%      17 Oct
Discussion Paper #2      9%      2, 7, or 9  Nov    (note new dates)
Discussion Paper #3     10%     23 or 28 Nov      (note new dates)
Final exam                    37%     12 December

    THIS course is an introduction to the social study of the Caribbean area. Topics to be stressed include history and political economy, along with selected aspects of the local community life and cultural styles of the area. Please consult the Outline of Topics and Readings for specifics. You should expect that, with minor deviations, we will follow the outline presented here. A few pages of quotes from authorities may be added on the web, but nothing else.
        As you will discover, the Caribbean area is, for its size, extraordinarily complex geographically, demographically, historically, linguistically, and culturally. That means your major research essay could address any of a huge array of topics. But it also means that, in a short course such as this, arbitrary choices must be made about what's to be included and what left out. We'll focus on the Afro-Caribbean peoples of the Anglophone Caribbean, spending little time on the largest Caribbean societies (which are Spanish- or French-speaking) and on the many peoples of non-African origin in the area (East Indians, Native peoples, Chinese, Javanese, various Europeans and Middle Easterners, etc.).

Required readings

In the bookstore you will find (eventually) four things:

There will also be a few articles on the web to be accessed via Weldon's Scholar's Portal.

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