The current world scene is shaped by identity politics generating struggles between groups constituted around ethnic, religious, national and other claims.
This MA examines how anthropology and associated disciplines contribute to understanding and resolving issues arising from the formation and negotiation of collective identities. It examines topics such as the politics of place and identity, the logics and practices of intercommunal struggles, nationalist movements, the impact of globalisation, the relations of diasporic and 'home' communities, issues of heritage and 'authenticity', the formation of new ‘hybrid’, ‘multicultural’ or cosmopolitan identities. Kent's unique programme, which integrates anthropological theory and fieldwork methodology (including visual techniques) into specialised programme content, makes for a powerful and practical approach to this contemporary topic.
‘Identity’ seems self-evident, but the implications of how we define and operationalise it range from self-realisation through multi-cultural politics to explosions of ethnic and religious warfare. This MA explores the implications of identity and the various politics which it engenders, using contemporary social and philosophical theory as well as School members’ diverse experience of ethnicity, nationalism and identity politics across the world.
- Wide ranging theoretical overview matched with appropriate -- and exciting -- ethnographic case studies
- Taught by scholars with field experience ranging from studies of ethnic identity and its expression in food and dress to studies of ethnic mobilisation in nationalist conflicts
- Incorporates modules dealing with classic and contemporary anthropological theory as well as fieldwork methods such as participatory observations, interviewing, visual anthropology etc.
- Culminating thesis on a topic of students’ own choices, with one-on-one guidance by an appropriate academic supervisor
A good honours or joint honours degree.
This programme is open to applicants from all disciplines. Candidates with academic backgrounds will normally be expected to have at least a 2.1 or equivalent in their first degree.
Applicants with work experience (in for instance NGOs) around peace, conflict studies, migration, and other topics related to ethnicity, nationalism and/or identity are encouraged.
Applications are made online.
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