Anthropology | Culture and Society
E105 | 26145 | Chan


Topic: Migration and Identity: Finding a Place in a World on the Move

A portion of the above section is reserved for Continuing Studies Students

This course is a focused introduction to the ethnographic and
comparative study of human society and culture. By considering how
migration affects one's sense of self, we will explore how
anthropologists approach the study of culture and society, and learn
how to put these methods into practice ourselves. Films and
ethnographic texts will provide specific cases to reflect on the
diversity and commonality of human experience, allowing us to look at
the various situations of immigrants, diasporas, displaced peoples,
and the native-born in places ranging from Great Britain to Brazil,
Canada to Japan, and the US to Israel. Specific issues for discussion
will include: enculturation, community, social structure,
globalization, transnationalism, religion, family and kinship, power,
performance, tradition and change, race and ethnicity, gender,
borders, and diaspora. Students will read three ethnographic texts and
a number of shorter selections. Course requirements include three
short essays, a midterm quiz, and a final exam. Attendance is
required.