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FOLK 119 401 Race, Poverty and Class

*******course cancelled*******

Michael Dyson
Seminar: Monday 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Cross-listed with: AFRC 119, RELS 199

This course examines the intersections among race poverty and class in the United States. We will probe recent theories on poverty and examine the war against the poor undertaken by various cultural and political forces. We will investigate intra-racial class conflicts in black communities as well as tackle the rise of prosperity gospel messages in African-American churches. We will also examine the Bill Cosby controversy and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in situating racial and class discourse around poverty. Finally, we will examine religious responses to poverty race and class.

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