THE PROBLEM OF RACE IN U.S. SOCIAL THOUGHT AND POLICY
CNAS Fall 2001 Prof. Karin Aguilar-San Juan
Despite the fact that race is scientifically meaningless, racial thinking often shapes and informs public conversations and public policy in the United States today. This course has two principle objectives:
The first section of the course will compare and contrast approaches to race as a historical and political concept in U.S. social thought and policy. The second section of the course will invite students to engage in three contemporary debates in which race is a pivotal issue:
"Conscious and deliberate actions have institutionalized group identity in the United States, not just through the dissemination of cultural stories, but also through systematic efforts from colonial times to the present to create economic advantages through a possessive investment in whiteness for European Americans."
--George Lipsitz, The Possessive Investment in Whiteness