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53568-01 - Seminar: Thinking through social inequality in Africa and beyond 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Lucy Koechlin (lucy.koechlin@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This seminar is dedicated to thinking through sociological and anthropological theories of inequality, and unpacking what these mean for the construction of societies. How can we understand inequality in the exclusions/inclusions it articulates, the differences it constructs, the identities it frames, the practices it shapes, the aspirations it defines?
In other words, we will not be approaching inequality from a simplistic "poverty" perspective, that is replicated on an international level by discourses of development and North/South distinctions. Rather, we will be raising questions on how can we start thinking about inequality in its full breadth, the types of agency that it informs and is informed by, the differentiation of social relations that it structures and is structured by. And what does this mean for emancipatory politics that seek to liberate actors from domination, subjectification and exclusion?
The seminar is intended for advanced students who are interested in theoretical debate. The theories will be rubbed up against a variety of case-studies and biographies to explore how far they enable deeper insights into the ways in which inequalities are experienced, produced,and transformed.
Lastly, we shall also take part in a "poverty safari" with the organisation Surprise, where homeless share their pathways, perspectives and spaces on a guided tour through Basel.
For those participants who would like to gain an autobiographical insight into some of the issues I can greatly recommend the following narratives, both of which open a powerful and compassionate window on "white trash" in the US and UK.
J.D. Vance (2016). Hillbilly Elegy – A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.
Darren MacGarvey (2017) Poverty Safari – Understanding the Anger of the British Underclass.
Lernziele - Overview over key literature on inequality in sociology and anthropology
- Nuanced understanding of the construction of inequality
- Appreciation of experiences of inequality and their effects on agency and structuration
Literatur All required reading is uploaded and available on ADAM.
Where whole books are uploaded (Naraya, Bourdieu), you will find the exact pagenumbers in the programme.
*Please read David Mosse's article by the first session*. Deepa Naraya's "voices of the poor" will also give you a very good and more subjective understanding of some key issues.

Mosse, David. 2010. A Relational Approach to Durable Poverty, Inequality and Power. Journal of Development Studies 46(7): 1156-1178.

Naraya, Deepa et al. 2010. Voices of the Poor: Can Anyone Hear Us? Washington: World Bank. (Chapter 2) http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/131441468779067441/Voices-of-the-poor-can-anyone-hear-us
Appadurai, Arjun. 2004. The capacity to aspire: culture and the terms of recognition, in: V. Rao and M. Walton (eds) Culture and Public Action (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press), 59–84.


Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 30 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to the subjects listed under "modules".
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 25.02.2019 – 27.05.2019
Zeit Montag, 14.15-16.00 Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 25.02.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Montag 04.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Montag 11.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Montag 18.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Montag 25.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Montag 01.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Montag 08.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Montag 15.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Montag 22.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ostern
Montag 29.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Montag 06.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Montag 13.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Montag 20.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Montag 27.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Module Modul: Fachkompetenz Globaler Wandel (Master Studienfach Geographie)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Politik, Entwicklung und soziale Ungleichheit (Bachelor Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul: Sachthemen der Ethnologie (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Modul: Theory and General Anthropology (Master Studienfach Anthropology)
Modul: Wissenschaftliche Vertiefung in der Ethnologie: Sachthemen (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Group Work (details and organisation in first session)
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Ethnologie