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Comparative Ethnic Studies is the critical and interdisciplinary study of race grounded in a deep understanding of the particular historical, social, economic, cultural, and political experiences of individual racialized groups as well as an analysis of the relationships among them. Comparative Ethnic Studies builds on The UC Berkeley Library collects at a research level in the subject of Comparative Ethnic Studies, an interdisciplinary field which includes history, literature, political science, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, etc.
Comparative Ethnic Studies collections are located in multiple campus libraries. Humanities and social sciences materials are located in the Main (Gardner) Stacks, with additional materials in subject specialty libraries such as the Education/Psychology, Social Research, Anthropology, Environmental Design, Media Resources Center, etc.
The Ethnic Studies Library, with its departmental focus, features an Comparative Ethnic Studies Collection in connection with the Comparative Ethnic Studies Program within the Ethnic Studies Department. The Asian American Studies Collection features books, serials, archival materials, and media on the history, culture, and politics of Asian America and the Asian Diaspora.
The Bancroft Library, in addition to being the UC Berkeley’s manuscript and archival collections, holds materials relevant to American ethnic groups in California, the Western United States and Mexico; see the Western Americana collection description for details.
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The Comparative Ethnic Studies Program, one of the programs under the Department of Ethnic Studies, is founded in the understanding that the study of race should be grounded in a deep understanding of the particular historical, social, economic, cultural, and political experiences of individual racialized groups as well as an analysis of the relationships among them. Established in 1975, our Comparative Ethnic Studies (CES) program builds on and extends beyond the groups covered in our other majors by analyzing the multiple and intersectional ways in which groups are racialized, operate within and contest various forms of power, and build alliances. Collectively our faculty provide a wide range of interdisciplinary analyses across geographical areas, among various racialized peoples, and with other markers of social difference such as gender, class, and sexuality. Our CES program enriches the study of individual racialized and indigenous groups and has long provided a model for the development of other Ethnic Studies departments across the country.