Cultural Anthropology 2016

Homepage for Cultural Anthropology 2016, taught by Jason Antrosio at Hartwick College. This cultural anthropology course occurs after a four field Introduction to Anthropology. My most recent cultural anthropology course, Cultural Anthropology 2018 significantly revamps the readings.

There were five required books for Cultural Anthropology 2016:

Part 1 – The beautiful idea of culture

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

2. Benedict, 1-56

3. Benedict, 57-129

4. Benedict, 130-172
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 2, “Culture: Giving Meaning to Human Lives” (22-40)

5. Benedict, 173-222

6. Benedict, 223-278
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 4, “Ethnography: Studying Culture” (61-79)
Film: Divorce, Iranian Style

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

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

8. Bowen, 1-115
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 3, “Linguistic Anthropology” (41-60)

9. Bowen, 116-155
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 10, “Kinship, Marriage, and the Family” (184-201)

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

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

12. Trouillot, “Adieu, Culture” (97-116)
Film: Advertising Missionaries

Part 3 – The Culture Problem

13. Trouillot, “A Fragmented Globality” (47-78)
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 5, “Globalization and Culture” (80-100)

14. Chin, 1-61
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 7, “Economics: Working, Sharing & Buying” (124-144)

15. Chin, 63-115

16. Chin, 117-141
Welsch & Vivanco, chapter 13, “The Arts” (242-259)

17. Chin, 143-205

18. Welsch & Vivanco, “The Body: Biocultural Perspectives on Health & Illness” (221-241)

Third Paper Due
Film: Race: The House We Live In

Cultural Anthropology at the End of the World

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

20. Trouillot, “Making Sense” (117-139)


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