Dr. Richard Wilk

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Lecture Schedule

Texts are underlined, xeroxed articles have a star

DATE                                        TOPIC                                                               READING

Jan 10 & 17                              Introduction and Common Ground                     Make sure you look at the theory website:

                                                  Anthropology and human nature           

                                                                                                                                    Barnard, chapters 1-2, 5


Jan 24                                       Ecology & Cultural Materialism                          Barnard, chapters 3-4

                                                                                                                                    *Harris, M., The Cultural Ecology of India's Sacred Cattle

                                                                                                                                    *Ellen, R., Environment, Subsistence & System, Ch 10

                                                                                                                                    *Diener, P et al., Meat, Markets & Mechanical Materialism

                                                                                                                                    *Sheridan, T., Where the Dove Calls, Intro & Conclusions

                                                                                                                                    *Milton, K., Environmentalism and Cultural Theory, Ch 2


Jan 31, Feb 7                           Political Economy/ Marxism                                 Barnard, chapter 6

                                                                                                                                    Wolf, E., Europe and the People Without History

                                                                                                                                    *Donham, D., History, Power, Ideology, Ch 2

                                                                                                                                    *Kearney, M. , Reconceptualizing the Peasantry, Ch 7

                                                                                                                                    *Brown, M., On Resisting Resistance

                                                                                                                                    *Marx, K., Economico-Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844


Feb 14                                      Applied/Development                                           *Escobar, A., Anthropology and the Development Encounter..

                                                                                                                                    *Kottak, C., Culture and "Economic Development"

                                                                                                                                    *Bernal, V. The Politics of Research on Agricultural Dev…

                                                                                                                                    *Sacherer, ,J., Applied Anthropology and the Development…

                                                                                                                                *Green, E., Anthropology in the Context of a Water-Borne…

                                                                                                                                    *Aguilera, F., Is Anthropology Good for the Company?

                                                                                                                                    *Neitschmann, B. Protecting Indigenous Coral Reefs…


Feb 21                                      Politics and Culture                                               *Comaroff, J., Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Politics of ….

                                                  Questioning the Nation                                        *Bailey, F., Stratagems and Spoils, Intro, Chs 1 &2

                                                                                                                                    *Giddens, A., Central Problems in Social Theory, Chap.2

                                                                                                                                    *Lofgren, O. Materializing the Nation in Sweden and America

                                                                                                                                    *Hannerz, U. The Withering Away of the Nation?


Feb 28                                      Praxis Theory                                                          Jenkins,  Pierre Bourdieu

                                                                                                                                    * Ortner, S., Theory in Anthropology since the-Sixties.


March 7                                   Structuralism                                                           Barnard, chapters 7 and 8    

                                                                                                                                    *Sahlins, M., Culture and Practical Reason, Chs 2-3

                                                                                                                                    *Douglas, M., Purity and Danger, Intro & Chs 1-3

                                                                                                                                    *Foucault, M., The Birth of the Clinic, Chs 6-7

                                                                                                                                    *Rabinow, P & N. Rose, Introduction, Foucault Today


March 21                                 History and Ethnography                                     Obeyesekere, The Apotheosis of Captain Cook

                                                                                                                                    *Comaroff, J. and J. Comaroff, Ethnography and the

                                                                                                                                      Historical imagination


March 28-April 4                    Reflexivity I                                                             Fabian, Time and the Other

                                                                                                                                    *Marshall, M., The Wizard of Oz meets the Wicked …

                                                                                                                                    *Sutton, D., Is Anybody out There?

                                                                                                                                    *Malkii, L. National Geographic: The Rooting of Peoples

                                                                                                                                    *Latour, B., We Have Never Been Modern, Ch 4


April 11-18                               Reflexivity and the Crisis of Authority               Barnard, chapters 9, 10

                                                                                                                                    Marcus, Anthropology as Cultural Critique

                                                                                                                                    Gupta, A. and J. Ferguson, Discipline and Practice



April 25                                    After Postmodernism                                            Eagleton, After Theory

                                                                                                                                    Barnard, chapter 11

                                                                                                                                    *Friedman, J., The Past in the Future…

Discussion Schedule


 Jan 12-19                       Discussion: what to add to the site?


Jan 26                             No class – I am out of town


Feb 2                              Space: Defining anthropological groups and networks, sub-disciplines, informal connections


Feb 9, 16, 23                   Space: Class Presentations of research results


March 2                        Assignment One, Space Write-Up Due


March 2                          Time: Defining periods, choosing places on the time-line


March 9                          Units of comparison- analytical methods


March 23, 30                   Time: Class presentations of research results (I will be absent on the 30th)


April 6                           Assignment Two, Time Write-Up Due


April 6                            Change: Pivotal people and the fickle finger of fame


April 13                          What's in a name: what we need to know about an important person


April 20-May 2                Change: Class Presentations of research results


May 2                            Assignment 3, Change Write-Up Due



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Richard Wilk

Anthropology Department

Indiana University Bloomington

701 E. Kirkwood Ave. SB 242

Bloomington, IN 47405


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