Anthropology 203.1: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Spring 2011


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  1. Tuesday, Feb. 1: Introduction to the course
  2. Thursday, Feb. 3: What is anthropology?
  3. Tuesday, Feb. 8: The concept of culture
  4. Thursday, Feb. 10: Culture shock and culture as meaning
  5. Tuesday, Feb. 15: Race and ethnicity
  6. Thursday, Feb. 17: Understanding and judging others
  1. Tuesday, Feb. 22: Anthropological methods: Ethnography
  2. Thursday, Feb. 24: Explaining culture: adaptation, meaning, system, function
  3. Tuesday, Mar. 1: Explaining culture: cultural materialism and culture as text
  4. Thursday, Mar. 3: Making a living: foraging
    • Notes (37 Kb)Slides (2.8 Mb)
    • Lee Chapter 4, Foraging for a living: pp. 37-58 (22 pgs)
    • Fernea Chapter 9: pp. 105-115 (11 pgs)

  5. Tuesday, Mar. 8: Making a living: agriculture and pastoralism
  6. Thursday, Mar. 10: Reciprocity and socially embedded economic relations
  7. Tuesday, Mar. 15: Catchup, review, exam preparation
    • Review the readings, notes, and slides so far, and bring questions!
    • Fernea Chapters 11-13: pp. 126-160 (35 pgs)

  8. Thursday, Mar. 17: Midterm exam
    • No additional reading

  9. Tuesday, Mar. 22: Social and economic hierarchies
    • Notes (34 Kb)Slides (975 Kb)
    • Lee Chapter 8, Conflict, Politics, and Exchange: pp. 109-123 (15 pgs)
    • Fernea Chapter 14: pp. 161-170 (10 pgs)

  10. Thursday, Mar. 24: An "exploitative" theory of social inequality: the Marxian model
  11. Tuesday, Mar. 29: Naturalizing inequality: social race, gender, and egalitarian societies
  1. Tuesday, Apr. 5: Constructing identity: self, group, rites of passage
  2. Thursday, Apr. 7: Constructing identity: gender
  3. Tuesday, Apr. 12: Family, kinship, and descent
  4. Thursday, Apr. 14: Forms of marriage, residence, and how they make sense
  1. Tuesday, Apr. 26: Catch-up
    • No new notes or slides... by this time we will probably need a class period to make up for falling behind
    • Fernea Chapters 18-20: pp. 216-266 (49 pgs)

  2. Thursday, Apr. 28: Language
  3. Tuesday, May 3: Language and thought
  1. Thursday, May 5 Sociolinguistics
  2. Tuesday, May 10: Religion, witchcraft, and magic
  3. Thursday, May 12: Religion, ritual, and creating and maintaining belief
  4. Tuesday, May 17: Globalization
  1. Thursday, May 19: Problems of globalization, catchup, last-minute business
    • Notes (20 Kb)Slides (503 Kb)
    • Lee Chapter 12, The Ju'/hoansi today: pp. 167-192 (26 pgs)
    • Review the readings, notes, and slides so far, and bring questions!
    • Remember to bring and turn in a printed copy of your interview with an immigrant paper.

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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by Bruce Owen
Anthropology 203.1, Sonoma State University, Spring 2011
Copyright (c) 2011, Bruce Owen. All rights reserved.
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Revised: 19 May 2011