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Assigned readings: All the assigned readings will be posted here on a list showing what you should read for each class session.
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Tuesday, Jan. 30: Introduction to the course
Thursday, Feb. 1: What is anthropology?
Tuesday, Feb. 6: The concept of culture: Deeper than you think
Thursday, Feb. 8: Race
Tuesday, Feb 13: How diverse are we, and how do we deal with it?
Thursday, Feb. 15: Anthropology and ethnography
Tuesday, Feb 20: Approaches to culture and society
Thursday, Feb 22: Materialism, Configurations, and Text
Tuesday, Feb 27: Yahoo! Catch-up day. No new reading, and no quiz. Come anyway.
Thursday, Mar 1: Language
Tuesday, Mar 6: Language Use
Thursday, Mar 8: Yahoo! Catch-up day to finish with language. No new reading, no quiz. Come anyway.
- Suggestion: Get ahead on the somewhat lengthy reading for the next class.
Tuesday, Mar 13: Making a Living
Thursday, Mar 15: Discussion, catch-up, and review for the midterm exam.
Tuesday, Mar 20: Midterm exam.
Thursday, Mar 22: Reciprocity, redistribution, and socially embedded economic relations
Tuesday, Mar 27: Economic systems and the "M" word
Thursday, Mar 29: Naturalizing inequality: gender, rank, caste, and social race
Tuesday, April 3: Constructing identity: self, group, and rites of passage
- Notes (20 Kb)Slides (361 Mb)
- Monaghan and Just 2000 - "Chapter 8, Ñañuu María Gets Hit by Lightning: People and Their Selves", in Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (13 pgs, a real paper book)
- Monaghan and Just 2000 - Extract from Chapter 3: "Society and the Individual", pages 71-74, in Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (4 pgs, a real paper book)
- Saitoti 1986 - The Initiation of a Maasai Warrior, in Annual Editions: Anthropology 2004/2005 (5 pgs, 390 Kb)
- Simmons 1998 - Where Fat Is a Mark of Beauty, in Annual Editions: Anthropology 2004/2005 (2 pgs, 149 Kb)
Thursday, April 5: Catch-up day on Constructing identity: self, group, and rites of passage
- DUE in class: Bus rider ethnography assignment
- No additional readings
Tuesday, April 10: Spring Break - No class
Thursday, April 12: Spring Break - No class
Tuesday, April 17: Catch-up day - We really do look at Constructing identity
Thursday, April 19: Constructing identity: gender and gender roles
Tuesday, April 24: Family, kinship, and descent
Thursday, April 26: Ethnographic video
- 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, May 1: Forms of marriage, residence, and their logic
Thursday, May 3: Religion, witchcraft, and magic
Tuesday, May 8: Religion and ritual, creating and maintaining belief
Thursday, May 10: Globalization: The modern world system
Tuesday, May 15: Applied Anthropology and Development
Thursday, May 17: Catch-up, review, discussion, evaluations
Tuesday, May 22: 11:00-12:50 - Final exam
Scroll down if you don't see what you need. The virtual handouts are in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format and should open in a new window. Move it aside or close it to see this one again. Most computers will open PDF files automatically to view, save, or print. If yours won't, download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader plugin for your browser.
Links to sites related to this course
Interesting, often illustrated, from easy to challenging... check these out. Some may help you prepare for tests or gather background for your critical summaries. Others take you to more about anthropology and class issues. All but the first one are optional. If you have been here before, press your browser's "reload" button to see the latest additions.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by Bruce Owen
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Revised: 16 May 2007