Criminal Justice-COAS | Semiotics
P680 | 27452 | Kane

Course description, P680, Semiotics Fall 2007, Kane

In this course we will learn the basic tools of semiotics, the study
of how humans use symbols to create and communicate meaning in
specific historical, cultural and institutional contexts. We will
train our use of semiotic tools to understand how scholars, social
agents and citizens come to construct, use, be imprisoned by, and
resist conventional concepts of crime and justice. Three
ethnographies which focus on crime as a key element will provide the
textual field for these explorations. Each of these
ethnographers/authors grapples differently with the observational
and analytic conundrums of how global forces may shape, and may be
shaped by, the dynamics of local and regional languages and

Required Books:


Theo Van Leeuwen, 2004. Introducing Social Semiotics: An
Introductory Textbook. Routledge Press.


Stephanie C. Kane. 2004. The Phantom Gringo Boat: Shamanic Discourse
and Development in Panama, 2nd Edition.

Ralph Cintron, 1998. Angels' Town: Chero Ways, Gang Life, and the
Rhetorics of Everyday. Beacon Press.

Carolyn Nordstrom. 2007. Global Outlaws: Crime, Money, and Power in
the Contemporary World.

Class meeting:  Tuesdays, 5:45-8:15

Instructor:  Professor Stephanie Kane, criminal justice department