As a Communities and identities course on Peru in the LiIberal Arts Core Curriculum, this course is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the beliefs, values, institutions, practices, and conditions of the diverse peoples who constitute the Latin American country of Peru. We will consider the ways in which identities and communities have been (and continue to be) formed, imposed, resisted, negotiated, dismantled, and reconstituted. To this end, we will explore how communities and identities were constituted in the pre-Conquest era and what non-Western modes of identity construction can teach us about human diversity and variability. We will examine how the colonial past influenced and endures in present-day Peruvian communities and identities. And we will attempt to identity the specific ways in which Peruvian identity has been defined and how that has determined who is included and excluded from rights and citizenship. We will pay specific attention to disenfranchised and marginalized groups such as indigenous peoples, urban poor, and other non-mainstream communities.
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