Anthropology | Archaeologies of Identity
P399 | 23325 | King


In this course, we will explore the ways that archaeologists have
approached the study of social identities of people in the past.
Through readings and discussions, we will focus on interconnected
dimensions of social identity, including age, class, gender, race,
ethnicity, and sexuality, how identity was experienced in the lives of
the people we study, and how archaeologists connect the social
experience of identity to material culture.  We will examine the
theoretical underpinnings and the historical basis for archaeologies
of identity, and bring ethnographic studies of identity to bear on
archaeological investigation.  The readings in this course will
address the following topics in a weekly seminar format:

gender			social stratification and class
ethnicity		neighborhoods, barrios, and communities
mortuary analysis	specialization & economic production
age-based differences	sexuality and sexual identities
food and identity	identity politics and contemporary archaeology
language and literacies	race and nation
house and household	narrative, dialogue, & archaeological writing
style and identity	everyday social practice

Course grade will be based on participation and class preparation,
article summaries, and three short essays.

Prerequisites: Anthropology P200 or an equivalent class on the methods
and theories of archaeology.  If you do not meet these criteria,
please email the professor at kingsm@indiana.edu.  Graduate students
interested in this course should email me for more information.