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ANTH425 Anthropology of Transnationalism and Diaspora

Anthropological and transnationalist perspectives on the global study of migration and diaspora of persons and things; draws on international ethnographic studies of migrants, refugees, sojourners, elites and other examples.

This paper addresses key theoretical issues in the study of transnationalism, using a variety of ethnographic case studies of migration and the diaspora of "persons and things" in contexts that cross the borders of Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North America, Asia and Oceania. It will explore the ways displaced and/or mobile populations ground their lives in two or more national fields through mobility, social relationships, media, communications and consumption. The paper will examine migrant workers, refugees, supranationality, borders and boundaries, theories and approaches to citizenship, government policy, class, ethnicity and identity politics.

Paper title Anthropology of Transnationalism and Diaspora
Paper code ANTH425
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
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72 300-level ANTH points

Teaching staff

Dr Gregory Rawlings

Paper Structure

Structure to be advised in the year that the paper is next offered.

Teaching Arrangements

Thirteen weeks of lectures, seminars and tutorials taught in one block together each week; total of two hours and fifty minutes per week.

Entirely internally assessed - no exam.


Textbooks are not required for this paper. All readings are available online through the University of Otago eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use "problem-based learning" skills to critically assess data, evidence and argument
  • Be able to carry out an independent in-depth research project using online, library and multi-media sources of information
  • Consolidate skills in critical reading and interpreting diverse information, data, arguments and media
  • Produce written material providing concise arguments sustained with an appropriate selection of ethnographic evidence and a critical interpretation of that evidence
  • Defend argument, data and evidence orally through interactive class discussion, seminars and tutorials

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 13:00-15:50 9
Wednesday 14:00-15:50 10-14, 16-22
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10-14, 16-22