Dr. Richard Wilk

Spring 2007

Course Schedule

Texts are underlined, articles on reserve have a star


Lecture Schedule DATE             TOPIC                                     READING

Jan 12 & 19                            Introduction and Common Ground                   Make sure you look at the theory website:

                                                Anthropology and human nature                                                www.indiana.edu/~wanthro/theory.htm                                          

                                                                                                                                Barnard, chapters 1-2, 5

                                                                                                                                Mason, A., Images of the Energy Future. At


                                                                                                                                Field Museum, Collaborative Research


Jan 26                                     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

                                                                                                                                *Biersack, A., Reimagining Political Ecology


Feb 2, Feb 9                           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 16                                    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 23                                    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?


March 2                                 Praxis Theory                                                        Jenkins,  Pierre Bourdieu

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

                                                                                                                                *Selections from Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice

                                                                                                                                *Selections from Bourdieu, Distinction



March 9                                 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 23                               History and Ethnography                                   Obeyesekere, The Apotheosis of Captain Cook

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

                                                                                                                                  Historical imagination



March 30-April 6                  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 13-20                             Reflexivity and the Crisis of Authority             Barnard, chapters 9, 10

                                                                                                                                Marcus, Anthropology as Cultural Critique

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



April 27                                  Consumer Culture                                                Eagleton, After Theory

                                                                                                                                Barnard, chapter 11

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






Feb 16, 23                     Class presentations of assignment 1


March 2                      Assignment One Write-Up Due


March 23, 30                 Class Presentations of assignment 2


April 6                         Assignment Two Write-Up Due


April 20, 27                   Class presentations of assignment 3


May 2                          Assignment 3 Write-Up Due