Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2018

CHICANO 180 002 | CCN: 20880

Topics in Chicano Studies - Chicana/o Ethnography: From Greater Mexico to The Borderlands

Pablo Gonzalez,

W 4:00 pm - 6:59 pm Barrows 122

4 Units


This course will introduce students to contemporary ethnographic works produced by Chicana/o anthropologists and social scientists. We will look at how Chicana/o Studies uses ethnography as a way to describe the everyday lives and experiences of Chicana/o and Latina/o communities in the United States and across different borders. We will focus on what makes Chicana/o ethnography unique to other forms of ethnographic writings. What methodological tools are used by Chicana/o ethnographers? And, where do Chicana/o ethnographers position themselves as researchers and as active observing participants? The course will not only map a genealogy of Chicana/o ethnography but also read contemporary ethnographies on such topics as Transborder social movements, community formation, the US/Mexico Borderlands, Labor and Migration, racism and racialization, folklore, and Chicana/o cultural production.