2012-2013 Pitzer Catalog 
    
    Apr 23, 2019  
2012-2013 Pitzer Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 144 PZ - Death and Dying in Africa and the Diaspora


How do death and dying influence identity and power relations among the living? This course seeks to probe this important question by investigating diverse historical contexts in African and African Diasporic life. This course considers how ideas about death and dying, and the “mortuary politics” they engender, have changed over time in Africa and the diaspora. Questions pertaining to hierarchies of power under European colonialism in the New World and in Africa are also analyzed extensively. It also considers the roles of Islam and Christianity in the diverse social meanings tied to the final rite of passage. Jr./Sr. only; others by permission.

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