Anthropology 340.101: Living in our Globalized World Fall 2011


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Schedule of readings, notes, slides, tests, and due dates

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  1. Monday, Aug. 29:
  1. Monday, Sept. 12:
  2. Monday, Sept. 19:
  3. Monday, Sept. 26:

    • First part: Chavez on historical context, rites of passage, and imagined communities; Steckley on producing truth about the other
      • NotesSlides
      • Chavez Introduction: pp. 1-14 (14 pgs)
      • Chavez Chapter 1, The Setting: pp. 15-24 (10 pgs)
      • Steckley Chapter 1, Imagining the Inuit: pp. 7-30 (24 pgs)

    • Second part: Cultural relativism, cultural determinism, and academic colonialism
      • NotesSlides
      • Steckley Chapter 2, Four major white figures: pp. 31-50 (20 pgs)

    • What we actually covered in this class: Finished diasporas; ideas related to Chavez chapter 1: rites of passage, cultural hegemony, othering.

  4. Monday, Oct. 3:

    • First part: Culturally constructed legitimacy and the push-pull model
    • Second part: Liminality; "people without history"
    • Third part: Case presentations and discussion: Historical context

    • What we actually covered in this class: Practical suggestions about presentations, Steckley's notion of "useful knowledge", aspects of the social production of knowledge, especially of "the other". First two presentations.

  5. Monday, Oct. 10:

    • First part: Linguistic relativity
    • Second part: Barriers to integration
    • Third part: Case presentations and discussion: Historical context

    • What we actually covered in this class: Remaining 3 presentations. Some discussion of cultural hegemony.

  6. Monday, Oct. 17:

    • First part: Differences of perception
    • Second part: Appealing myths
    • Change: no case presentations. Instead, we will catch up on readings, concepts, and discussion.

    • What we actually covered in this class: More discussion of cultural hegemony. Ideas related to Steckley Chapter 2; Ideas related to Chavez Chapter 2; Liminality

  7. Monday, Oct. 24: Midterm exam

    • No additional reading. Bring one or two blue books and something to write with.

  8. Monday, Oct. 31:

    • First part: The power to frame discourse; all's fair in intellectual war; anthropological authority
    • Second part: Networks
    • What we actually covered in this class: Legitimacy; Push-Pull model; Wolf; Linguistic relativity

  9. Monday, Nov. 7:

    • First part: Immigrant ethics; getting personal
    • Second part: Assimilation, illusory membership. and "who is American?"
    • What we actually covered in this class: Barriers to incorporation, geographic patterns, irrelevance of truth of claims, culture as a threat, and more on useful knowledge

  10. Monday, Nov. 14:

    • First part: The Other and cultural appropriation
      • Notes not yet postedSlides: see Slides 18-22 above
      • Steckley Chapter 6, The lies do not stand alone: pp. 131-145 (15 pgs)

    • Second part: Culture, medical and scientific beliefs, and truth
      • NotesSlides 23 shown Dec. 5
      • Fadiman Preface, Note on Hmong orthography, pronunciation, and quotations, and Chapters 1-4: pp. vii-ix, 291-292, 3-37 (40 pgs)

    • Third part: Case presentations and discussion:
      • Team 1: Troy and Robin: Inuit in Nunavut

    • What we actually covered in this class: Framing discourse, muted groups, medicalization; Team 1 presentation on the Inuit in Nunavut

  11. Monday, Nov. 21:

    • First part: Real impacts
    • Second part: More othering the different
    • Third part: Case presentations and discussion:
      • Team 7: Michelle, Kellie, Steve: Inupiat in the Alaskan North Slope/Prudhoe Bay area
      • Team 3: Tyler and Lynda: Michoacanos in Napa and Solano Counties

    • What we actually covered in this class: Mistakes in constructing knowledge; Team 7 presentation on Inupiat on the Alaskan North Slope, Team 3 presentation on Michoacanos in Napa and Solano Counties

  12. Monday, Nov. 28:

    • First part: Melting pot, salad bowl, or fish soup?
    • Second part: The differently ethical
      • NotesNo additional slides
      • Fadiman Chapters 16-19: pp. 225-288 (64 pgs)

    • Third part: Case presentation and discussion:
      • Team 2: Susan and Luke: Aboriginal people in Australia
      • Team 4: Crystal and Sheila: Tibetans in China

    • What we actually covered in this class: Team 2 presentation on Aboriginal people in Australia, Team 4 presentation on Tibetans in China; Anthropological authority, networks

  13. Monday, Dec. 5:

    • First part: Catchup and discussion
    • Second part: Synthesis, discussion, review
      • No aditional notes or slides
      • No additional readings

    • What we actually covered in this class: Sleep paralysis reading, cultural appropriation, production and reproduction, ethnic group boundary maintenence, some images and ideas about the Hmong and their beliefs, "consensual reality", cultural brokers; review.

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Living in our Globalized World by Bruce Owen
Anthropology 340.101, Sonoma State University, Fall 2011
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Revised: 7 December 2011