ANT 243 UC The Connections Between Nation Building & Social Movements Essay

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1. Read Chapter 4 (pages 22-25; the second half on Cuba) in our course book, Introduction to the Caribbean: Diversity, Challenges, Resiliency

2. Due by 11:59pm Saturday: Complete Part 1 of the Week 5 Discussion Assignment:

What does Hernandez-Ramdwar need you to know?

After reading the second half of Chapter 4 of our course book, identify and discuss at least 3 key ideas or topics that our book’s author, Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar, needs you to know.

In addition, out of all the topics addressed in the entirety of Chapter 4, what do you think is most vital for you to understand and reflect on, and why? Pick 2 topics to address. In your responses, it will be important to reflect on the similarities and differences from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution.

Choose Your Own Adventure!: Select to complete A or B

Visit youtube link:

on page 23 of chapter 4, at the beginning of the section, The Special Period. Watch the video, and explain the findings shared within it. How do they relate to the topic of “remarkable ingenuity and resilience”? Explain using details from the video. In addition, in what ways have your or people you know engaged in “technological disobedience,” as discussed in the film? How have such examples of “technological disobedience” benefitted you, other people, and the very technology in question?

B. Find one or more news stories that are of interest to you about current events coming out of Cuba or the Cuban diaspora (Cuban communities living off the island), and share them here. Summarize what the news story(ies) is/are about, and how they might reflect themes from the second half of chapter 4.

WEEK 6

1. Read Chapters 5 and 6 in our course book, Introduction to the Caribbean: Diversity, Challenges, Resiliency

2. Due by 11:59pm Saturday: Complete Part 1 of the Week 6 Discussion Assignment:

Connections between Nation Building & Social Movements:

Based on what you read in chapters 5 and 6, what elements of nation building in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries appear to have influenced the emergence of ideologies and social movements in the twentieth centuries. Discuss at least 3 important aspects of nation building from chapter 5 and their connections to 3 important aspects of ideologies and social movements from chapter 6. Cite your sources within your writing, and list your sources at the end of you document. 

WEEK 7

1. Read Chapters 7 and 8 in our course book, Introduction to the Caribbean: Diversity, Challenges, Resiliency

2. Due by 11:59pm Saturday: Complete Part 1 of the Week 7 Discussion Assignment:

Connections between Gender Relations, Migration, and Diaspora:

Based on what you read in chapters 7 and 8, complete the following:

A. Explore 3-5 web links in each chapter, and explain connections between the content of each web link with overall themes from the chapter in which it is found.

B. In what ways can we make sense of gender relations by considering impacts of migration and diaspora on gender relations? In what ways can we make sense of migration and diaspora by considering impacts of gender relations on migration and diaspora? 

C. How might circumstances of gender relations, migration, and diaspora aid you in your personal and (future) professional lives?

Cite your sources within your writing, and list your sources at the end of you document.

WEEK 8

1. Read Chapters 9 and 10 in our course book, Introduction to the Caribbean: Diversity, Challenges, Resiliency

2. Due by 11:59pm, Sunday (not Saturday): complete Part 1 of the Week 8 Visual Storytelling Assignment on the Discussion Forum:

Caribbean Legacies:

Based on what you read in chapters 9 and 10, complete the following:

Create some kind of visual storytelling that explores what you think are key pieces of information that help address the following:

What important relationships exist between past and more recent forms of globalization that have impacted the Caribbean, and how are these relationship legacies addressed today in efforts to achieve equity for all people in the Caribbean region? 

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