Ethnicity and Nationalism


1. Ability to reflect on the centrality of the concepts of nationalism and ethnicity in the approach to the contemporary world 2. Deepen the knowledge of the theoretical-conceptual framework on nation, nationalism, national identity, popular culture and ethnicity 3. Stimulate the capacity of critical analysis of specific ethnographies related to the themes of the course, with special focus on the Portuguese context. 4. Analyse different ethnographic contexts 5. Identify relevant research topics

General characterization





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Weekly - 4

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Teaching language





Anderson, B., 2005 [1983]. Comunidades Imaginadas. Reflexões sobre a Origem e a Expansão do Nacionalismo. Lisboa: Edições 70 Barth, F., 1997 [1969]. “Grupos étnicos e suas Fronteiras”. In P. Poutignat & J Streiff-Fenart (org.), Teorias da Etnicidade seguido de Grupos Étnicos e as suas Fronteiras. São Paulo: UNESP. Billig, M. 1995. Banal Nationalism. London: Thousand Oaks. Brubaker, R., 2004. Ethnicity without Groups. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Eriksen, T., 2010 [1994]. Ethnicity and Nationalism. Anthropological Perspectives. London: Pluto Press. Gellner, E., 1993 [1983]. Nações e Nacionalismos. Lisboa: Gradiva. Handler, R., 1988. Nationalism and the Politics of Culture in Quebec, Madison: Wisconsin University Press. Smith, A. D., 1997 [1991]. A Identidade Nacional, Lisboa: Gradiva Sobral, J. M., 2012. Portugal, Portugueses. Uma identidade nacional. Lisboa: Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos.

Teaching method

The course is organized in two types of classes:
1. Lectures
2. Seminars: discussion of texts by groups of students

Evaluation method

Assessment: Seminars; written test; critical and visual essay

Subject matter

1. The study of the nation by \"classic\" anthropology. An interrupted journey... 2. Studies on Nationalisms. Theoretical debates and the contributions of social sciences 3. Nationalism: what´s new? Main criticisms and new paths 4. Anthropology and nation 4.1 Identification of the contributions of anthropology: the study of nationalist ideologies and movements; reopening of the debate on national cultures; popular cultures and national identity; heritage: new uses of popular cultures 5. Anthropology, ethnicity and culture 6. Ethnicity: theoretical premises, concepts and definitions 7. Ethnicity in contemporary anthropology 7.1 Identifying research topics: ethnicity, transnationality, migration and the uses of popular culture


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