Cultural Anthropology Course

Cultural Anthropology Course 2016

Homepage for a Cultural Anthropology Course 2016, taught by Jason Antrosio at Hartwick College through five books:

Part 1 – The beautiful idea of culture

Wed 8/31: Trouillot, “Introduction” (1-5); [see the 2013 blog-post Purpose of Anthropology for reflections on these introductory pages.]

Fri 9/2:

Wed 9/7: Benedict, 1-56

Fri 9/9: Benedict, 57-129

Wed 9/14: Benedict, 130-172
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 2, “Culture: Giving Meaning to Human Lives” (22-40)

Fri 9/16: Benedict, 173-222

Wed 9/21: Benedict, 223-278
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 4, “Ethnography: Studying Culture” (61-79)

Fri 9/23: First Paper Due
Film: Divorce, Iranian Style

Part 2 – Beautiful Idea, Beautifully Naïve: Culture in the Field

Wed 9/28: Trouillot, “North Atlantic Fictions” (29-46)
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 8, “Power: Politics and Social Control” (143-164)

Wed 10/5: Bowen, 1-115
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 3, “Linguistic Anthropology” (41-60)

Fri 10/7: Bowen, 116-155
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 10, “Kinship, Marriage, and the Family” (184-201)

Wed 10/12: Bowen, 156-221
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 9, “Gender, Sex, and Sexuality” (165-183)
Film: Strange Beliefs

Fri 10/14: Bowen, 222-297
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 11, “Religion: Ritual and Belief” (202-220)

Wed 10/19: Trouillot, “Adieu, Culture” (97-116)

Fri 10/21: Second Paper Due
Film: Advertising Missionaries

The Culture Problem

Wed 10/26: Trouillot, “A Fragmented Globality” (47-78)
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 5, “Globalization and Culture” (80-100)

Wed 11/2: Chin, 1-61
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 7, “Economics: Working, Sharing & Buying” (124-144)

Fri 11/4: Chin, 63-115

Wed 11/9: Chin, 117-141
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 13, “The Arts” (242-259)

Fri 11/11: Chin, 143-205

Wed 11/16: Welsch & Vivanco, “The Body: Biocultural Perspectives on Health & Illness” (221-241)

Fri 11/18: Third Paper Due
Film: Race: The House We Live In

Cultural Anthropology at the End of the World

Wed 11/30: Trouillot, “The Anthropology of the State” (79-96)
Welsch & Vivanco, ch. 6, “Sustainability: Environment & Foodways” (101-123)

Fri 12/2: Trouillot, “Making Sense” (117-139)

Final Paper Due

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