Anthropology | SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
E200 | 4113 | Thomas
The ways in which people order their lives and understand themselves as
individuals who belong to a particular community is at the center of
social and cultural anthropology. As social beings, all peoples have to
confront and resolve similar challenges; establish relationships;
resolving and solving conflicts; finding a satisfying identity; explaining
one's place in the world and so forth. We will read and explore the
difference of human cultures and societies.
We will also examine the ways in which social and cultural anthropologists
understand people and their lives. As anthropologists, we spend extended
periods of time with those peoples whose lives we hope to understand, at a
minimum one year and for many, a lifetime. The results of such empirical
field research are ethnographic texts that tell the stories of people's
lives. Such ethnographies provide the reading for this course.
As we read about and work through the different topics, two kinds of
questions will guide our understanding: the first examines the external
and internal forces that shape cultures and individuals; the second
examines the processes by which anthropologists understand the cultures in
which they work.
Readings will include articles, journals and the following required texts
for the course:
1. Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines. Jeremy
2. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Cultural
Anthropology. Robert L. Welsch & Kirk M. Endicott, editors.
1. Four mini-field projects
2. Class Attendance & Participation
3. Midterm and Final exams