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Babel's Basement: An Introduction to Linguistic Discrimination (and Redemption)

ANTH 0900 S01 [CRN: 26382]

This course introduces students to the ways people use language to promote racial, economic, and social inequality. It begins from the idea people often view language as merely reflecting, thus obscuring the ways we actively create the world through our use of language. This course explores the myriad ways that language is used to exercise power, naturalize inequality, and promote discrimination based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other axes of difference. It also examines how language can subvert the exercise of power, converting language from a weapon that marginalizes people to a tool that empowers them.
Spring 2018
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10:30 - 11:50 Tue, Thu - from Jan 24, 2018 to May 18, 2018
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