Anthropological Approaches to Ethnicity, Racism and Nationalism – with special reference to Roms and Romany peoples
The aim of this course is to explore how anthropological methods have been applied and with what success in the study of ethnic, racial and national conflicts and movements. The course will both introduce you to methodologically outstanding attempts to operationalise the theoretical models you have met earlier on in this degree (Gellner, Anderson, Smith et al.) and make you familiar with a specifically anthropological discussion of notions of culture, identity and society. The course is deliberately eclectic in regional focii, though there is a recurring interest in the experience of South-eastern Europe and one whole section of the course deals with the experience of Roms and Gypsies across our continent.