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Tuesday, Aug. 21: Introduction to the course
Thursday, Aug. 23: What is anthropology?
Tuesday, Aug. 28: The concept of culture: Deeper than you think
Thursday, Aug. 30: Race
Tuesday, Sept. 4: How diverse are we, and how do we deal with it?
Thursday, Sept. 6: Anthropological methods: ethnography
Tuesday, Sept. 11: Thinking about culture: adaptation, meaning, and system
Thursday, Sept. 13: Thinking about culture: cultural materialism; configurations; culture as text
Tuesday, Sept. 18: Thinking about society: structure and function
- Notes (12 Kb)Slides (156 Kb)
- Monaghan and Just 2000 - "Chapter 3, Society and the Individual", in Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (22 pgs, a real paper book)
Thursday, Sept. 20: Language
Tuesday, Sept. 25: Language Use
Thursday, Sept. 27: Catch-up session
- No additional readings. Catch up if you have fallen behind.
Tuesday, Oct. 2: Making a living and all that goes with it: foraging
Thursday, Oct. 4: Making a living and all that goes with it: agriculture and pastoralism
Tuesday, Oct. 9: Discussion, catch-up, and review for the midterm exam.
Thursday, Oct. 11: Midterm exam.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Reciprocity, redistribution, and socially embedded economic relations
Thursday, Oct. 18: Economic systems: the "M" word, capitalism, and class
Tuesday, Oct. 23: Naturalizing inequality: gender, rank, caste, and social race
Thursday, Oct. 25: Ethnicity
- No separate notes; focus on the readingSlides - quiz only (218 Kb)
- Monaghan and Just 2000 - "Chapter 5, La Bose becomes Bakar: Caste, Class, Tribe, Nation", in Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (18 pgs, a real paper book)
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Constructing identity: self, group, and rites of passage
Thursday, Nov. 1: Constructing identity: gender and gender roles
Tuesday, Nov. 6: Family, kinship and descent
Thursday, Nov. 8: Forms of marriage, residence, and their logic
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Religion, witchcraft, and magic
Thursday, Nov. 15: Religion, ritual, and creating and maintaining belief
- Notes (24 Kb)Slides (1.4 Mb)
- Kottak 2005 - Extract on religions, revitalization movements, cargo cults, and ritual, in Mirror for Humanity (6 pgs, 388 Kb)
- Robbins 2006 - Extract on ritual and creating belief, in Cultural Anthropology, A Problem-Based Approach (10 pgs, 615 Kb)
- Monaghan and Just 2000 - "Chapter 7, A Drought in Bima: People and Their Gods", in Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (11 pgs, a real paper book)
Tuesday, Nov. 20: Colonization and resistance: social history and current events
Thursday, Nov. 22: Thanksgiving holiday: No class meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 27: The modern world system: globalization and its discontents
Thursday, Nov. 29: Creating consumer culture and its impacts
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Applied Anthropology and Development
Thursday, Dec. 6: Catch-up, review, discussion, evaluations
- DUE in class: Assignment 3: Ethnographic videos
- Monaghan and Just 2000 - "Afterword: Some Things We've Learned", in Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (3 pgs, a real paper book)
Thursday, Dec 13: 5:00-6:50 - Final exam, Stevenson 1002
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Links to sites related to this course
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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by Bruce Owen
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Revised: 22 January 2008