Anthropology 203.1: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Fall 2010


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  1. Thursday, Aug. 26: Introduction to the course
  2. Tuesday, Aug. 31: What is anthropology?
  3. Thursday, Sept. 2: The concept of culture
  4. Tuesday, Sept. 7: Culture as meaning: constructs that affect us profoundly
    • Notes (38 Kb)Slides (2.6 Mb)
    • Fernea Chapters 2-4: pp. 24-56 (33 pgs)

  5. Thursday, Sept. 9: Race and ethnicity
  6. Tuesday, Sept. 14: Understanding and judging others
  7. Thursday, Sept. 16: Anthropological methods: Ethnography
  8. Tuesday, Sept. 21: Explaining culture in terms of adaptation, meaning, or system
  9. Thursday, Sept. 23: Explaining culture: cultural materialism and culture as text
  10. Tuesday, Sept. 28: Making a living: foraging
    • Notes (36 Kb)Slides (2.6 Mb)
    • Lee Chapter 4, Foraging for a living: pp. 37-58 (22 pgs)

  11. Thursday, Sept. 30: Making a living: agriculture and pastoralism
  12. Tuesday, Oct. 5: Reciprocity and socially embedded economic relations
  13. Thursday, Oct. 7: Catchup, review, exam preparation
    • Review the readings, notes, and slides so far, and bring questions!

  14. Tuesday, Oct. 12: Midterm exam
    • No additional reading

  15. Thursday, Oct. 14: Social and economic hierarchies
    • Notes (29 Kb)Slides (817 Kb)
    • Fernea Chapters 8: pp. 95-102 (8 pgs)
    • Lee Chapter 8, Conflict, Politics, and Exchange: pp. 109-123 (15 pgs)

  16. Tuesday, Oct. 19: An "exploitative" theory of social inequality: The Marxian model
  17. Thursday, Oct. 21: Naturalizing inequality: Social race and gender
  18. Tuesday, Oct. 26: Constructing identity: self, group, and rites of passage
  19. Thursday, Oct. 28: Constructing identity: gender and gender roles
  20. Tuesday, Nov. 2: Family, kinship, and descent
  21. Thursday, Nov. 4: Catch up: We actually cover part of family, kinship, and descent
  22. Tuesday, Nov. 9: Forms of marriage, residence, and their logic
    • Notes (82 Kb)Slides (1.4 Mb)
    • Quiz: review the readings for Nov. 2 and Nov. 4, as well as the new Fernea reading below.
    • Lecture: finished notes and slides posted under November 2.
    • The notes and slides posted for today will not be presented in class, but they might help you understand the readings for November 4 and 9. The slides include some graphics that may clarify the marriage and residence practices. The notes help to explain the slides.
    • Fernea Chapters 12-14: pp. 136-170 (35 pgs)
  1. Tuesday, Nov. 16: Language
  2. Thursday, Nov. 18: No class - I will be at the American Anthropological Association meeting
  3. Tuesday, Nov. 23 Sociolinguistics
  1. Tuesday, Nov 30: Religion, witchcraft, and magic
  1. Thursday, Dec. 2: Religion, ritual, and creating and maintaining belief
  2. Tuesday, Dec 7: Globalization
  1. Thursday, Dec 9: Globalization, catchup, last-minute business
    • In this class meeting we actually covered the notes and slides posted for Dec. 7, which refer to the readings below, as well.
    • Turner 1993 - The Kayapo Resistance, in Conformity and Conflict, Readings in Cultural Anthropology (18 pgs, 777 Kb)
    • Lee Chapter 12, The Ju'/hoansi today: pp. 167-192 (26 pgs)
    • Fernea Chapters 21-26 and Postscript: pp. 269-302, 305-333 (63 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, Fall 2010
Copyright (c) 2010, Bruce Owen. All rights reserved.
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Revised: 9 December 2010