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Cornell University    
  Feb 21, 2018
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 7513 - Religion and Politics in Southeast Asia

(crosslisted) ASIAN 7713  
Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ANTHR 4513 /ASIAN 4413 .

A. Willford.

This course investigates the extent to which religious beliefs and practices in Southeast Asia have been transformed by the combined forces of colonialism, nationalism, and globalization.  By examining diversity, difference, and resurgence in one of the world’s most rapidly changing regions, we aim to understand the economic, social, and political conditions contributing to the popularity and resurgence of religious ideologies and contemporary movements.  At the same time, we also consider closely the unique ideological, theological, and cultural understandings that shape different religions and movements.  Through this process we also rethink conceptions of modernity as both a cultural and social force.  One key aim of this course will be to analyze the relationships between state-sponsored “official nationalisms,” religious ideologies and practices, and changing socioeconomic conditions.  In doing so, we also aim to better understand the forces behind and implications of heightened ethnic sentiments and violence in the region, as well as changing gender ideologies.

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