Political and Economic Development in the Third World
African American Studies 112a, Fall 2003

Lectures 2-4 Tuesday and Thursday, 30 Wheeler
Professor Percy Hintzen
Contact information: 510-642-0393, phintzen@uclink.berkeley.edu
Office hours: Tuesdays 11:30-1:30

Course Description

An examination of the structural and actual manifestation of underdevelopment and the broad spectrum of theoretical positions put forward to explain it. Underdevelopment will be viewed both from the international and national perspectives. The course will pay particular attention to Developmentalism, Globalism, Power, and Patriarchy.

This class applies the approach of critical theory to development. It focuses on the consequences of International Public Policy and the issues of Women in Development. It deals particularly with the relationship between theory and practice (through national and international public policy, on the one hand, and colonialism, post-colonialism and globalization on the other).

Course requirements:
10% Discussion
20% Midterm
30% Final paper
40% Final Examination

Each student will be required to participate in at least one panel discussion focusing on one aspect of a current problem facing the political economies of teh Carribean or Africa. A list of the issues to be discussed will be distributed in class. Panel discussions will take place every Thursday between 3-4 p.m. and will be facilitated by the GSI. Each studen twill be required to do a two-page write-up of her/his contribution to the discussion. This will be the basis for the student's final paper. This will count for 10% of the final grade.

Students are expected to keep up with the reading. The instructor will select students randomly to talk about the day's assigned reading.

There will be a take-home midterm examination based on the readings and lectures.

Students will be expected to prepare and submit a final paper of 10-15 pages. The paper must employ the readings and class discussions and apply the to a case study of an underdeveloped country or region. The case study must be an elaboration of the student's contribution to the panel discussion. The final paper will be due on the last day of class.

There will be a take-home final examination covering all of the readings and class discussions, handed out at the end of the semester.

The books are all available at Revolution Books in the mall between durant and Channing west of Telegraph avenue.

  1. Roy, Arundathi. Power Politics. Cambridge, Massachussetts: Southend Press. 2001.
  2. Steger, M. Globalism: The New Market Ideology. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002.
  3. Gordon, A. Transforming Capitalism and Patriarchy: Gender and Development in Africa. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1996.
  4. Enloe, C. Bananas, Beaches, and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 2000.
  5. Reader, available at Zee Zee Copy, 2431C Durant Avenue, Sather Lane Mall


Date Lecture Readings
8/26 General discussion of course, theories, and approach.
8/28 Human and Civil Rights in the Global South. Roy, Power Politics (to be completed Sept. 2)
9/2 Democracy and Rights in the Global South, discussion or Roy
9/4 Globalism Steger, ch. 1 and 2
9/9 Claims of globalization Steger, ch. 3 and 4
9/11 Challenges to globalization Steger, ch. 5 and 6
9/16 The Carribean Reader:
Richard S. Hillman, Introduction.
Norman Girvan: Reinterpreting the Carribean.
9/18 Take-home midterm handed out. Reader:
Percy C. Hintzen, Race and Creole Ethniciy in the Caribbean.
Percy C. Hintzen: Rethinking Democracy in the Post-nationalist State.
9/23 Socialism and Protest. Reader:
Protest, Socialism and Revolution
Cuba: The Making of the 1959 Revolution
The Black Power, February (1970) Revolution in Trinidad
Grenada: A Revolution Aborted
Pain and Protest: The 1984 Anti-IMF Revolt in the Dominican Republic
Grenada: The Pitfalls of Popular Revolution from above.
9/25 Post-imperialism; take-home midterm due. Reader:
Alex Dupuy, The New World Order, Globalization and Caribbean Politics
Percy C. Hintzen, Race, Ideology and International Relations
Sovereignty and the Disciplining of Guyana's Working Class
9/30 The Case of Haiti Reader:
James Ferguson, The Duvalier Dictatorship and its Legacy of Crisis in Haiti
Holger Henke and Fred Reno, Democratic Transition and Aughoritarianism, the case of Haiti
10/2 Women and Globalization Reader:
Lynne Bolles, Women and Development
Polly Pattullo, The Lock and Key: History and Power
10/7 Sex Workers and Globalization Reader:
Kamala Kempadoo, The Migrant Tightrope: Experiences from the Carribean
Julia O'Connell Davidson and Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor, Fantasy Island
10/9 Sex Workers and Globalization (continued) Reader:
Beverley Mullings, Globalization, Tourism, and the International Sex Trade
Coco Fusco, Hustling in Dollars: Jinterismo in Cuba
10/14 Globalization and Interventionalism Reader:
David Ramasaran, Understanding the Socio-Cultural Dynamics of Globalization: The Case of Bananas in St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Paul Sutton: US Intervention, Regional Security and Militarization in the Caribbean
10/16 Feminist Theory, Patriarchy, and Capitalism in Africa Gordon, ch. 1 and 2
10/21 Women's Strategies in Africa Gordon, ch. 3 and 4
10/23 Women and Development in Africa Gordon, ch. 5
10/28 Capitalism, Class, and Gender Domination Gordon, ch. 6
10/30 Feminist Theory and the International Political Economy Enloe, Preface, ch. 1
11/4 Globalization, Sexism, and Tourism Enloe, ch. 2
11/6 Patriarchy, Power, and International Political Economy Enloe, ch. 3
11/11 NO CLASS - Veteran's Day
11/13 Militarism, Gender, and Globalization Enloe, ch. 4
11/18 Sex, Gender, Diplomacy, and Globalization Enloe, ch. 5
11/20 Women and Globalization Enloe, ch. 6
11/25 Women's Labor and Globalization Enloe, ch. 7
11/27 NO CLASS - Thanksgiving
12/2 Gender and the International Care Industry Enloe, ch. 8 and Conclusion
12/4 Final Exam Review Final paper due, Take-home final handed out
12/12 Take-home final due in 654 Barrows

by Morgan Ames