Anthropology | The Ethnography of Europe
E687 | 0416 | Bahloul


In addition to being a place on the map and large variety of peoples
and cultures, Europe is also an idea, an identity and a specific
historical consciousness.  This course, open to both undergraduate and
graduate students, will explore this idea and its meaning in the
development of cultural anthropology.  Europe has acquired a new
status as an object of ethnographic enquiry and has generated major
revisions in the discipline.

Class discussions will be organized within two dimensions:
1.      On the one side we shall attempt to define the cultural and
social boundaries of "Europe" as a "cultural area".
2.      On the other side we shall discuss the recent developments of
the anthropology of Europe in the American and European contexts, and
its theoretical contributions to the discipline.  Within this
perspective, we shall discuss such issues as regional identities,
gender and the family religion, politics, ethnicity and nationalism,
rural vs. urban society.

Prerequisites:  Enrollment in a course in social sciences
Proficiency in at least one European language (in addition to English)
is highly recommended.

Course requirements:
-two mid-term examinations (25% and 30%)
-one research paper (40%)

Readings
Badone, Ellen (ed.),  Religious Orthodoxy and Popular Faith in
European Society
Goody, Jack,  The Development of the Family and Marriage in Europe
Herzfeld, Michael,   Anthropology Through the Looking Glass:  Critical
Ethnography in the Margins of Europe
Loizos, Peter, Papataxiarchis, Evthymios (eds.),   Contested
Identities:  Gender and Kinship in Modern Greece