Intro to Anthro 2019

This is the homepage for Introduction to Anthropology 2019 taught by Jason Antrosio at Hartwick College. There are two required books:

  • Robert J. Muckle and Laura Tubelle de González, Through the Lens of Anthropology: An Introduction to Human Evolution and Culture, 2nd edition. 2019.
  • Tim Ingold, Anthropology: Why it matters. 2018.

Part 1: Evolving

1. Perspective

  • M&G, chapter 1 (part 1 of 2), “Introduction: Viewing the World” (1-14)

2. History

  • M&G chapter 1 (part 2 of 2), “Introduction: Viewing the World” (14-27)
  • Horace Miner, “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema,” American Anthropologist (1956)

3. Primates

  • M&G chapter 2, “We Are Primates” (29-53)
  • Barbara Smuts, “What are Friends For?” Natural History (1987)

4. Evolutionary

  • M&G chapter 3, “Evolutionary Thought and Theory” (55-72)
  • Agustin Fuentes, “Human niche, human behaviour, human nature.” Interface Focus (2017)

5. Hominins

  • M&G chapter 4, “Human Biological Evolution” (73-97)
  • Berger, Lee R., et al. “Homo naledi and Pleistocene hominin evolution in subequatorial Africa.” eLife (2017)

Fri 2/22: *** First Exam

Part 2: Growing

6. Wed 2/27

  • M&G, chapter 5, “Diversity: 2.5 million to 20,000 Years Ago” (99-119)

7. Fri 3/1

  • M&G chapter 6 (part 1 of 2), “Food: 20,000 to 5,000 Years Ago” (121-139)

8. Wed 3/6

  • M&G ch. 6 (part 2 of 2), “Organization: 20,000 to 5,000 Years Ago” (139-145)

9. Fri 3/8

  • M&G chapter 7, “Archaeology of the Last 5,000 Years” (147-169)

10. Wed 3/13, Lecture: 1400-1900

Fri 3/15: ***Second Exam

Part 3: Knowing

11. Wed 3/20

  • M&G chapter 8 (part 1 of 2), “Culture 1” (171-186)

12. Fri 3/22

  • M&G chapter 8 (part 2 of 2), “Culture 2” (186-198)

Spring Break

Monday 4/1, 6pm, Eaton Lounge: Dr. Walter Little, “Maya Textile Identity Politics and Tourism Practice in Guatemala”

13. Wed 4/3

  • M&G chapter 9, “Language and Culture” (199-223)

14. Fri 4/5

  • M&G chapter 10, “Food-Getting and Economics” (225-252)

15. Wed 4/10

  • M&G chapter 11, “Marriage, Family, and Gender” (253-281)

16. Fri 4/12

  • M&G chapter 12, “Political Organization” (283-304)

Wed 4/17: ***Third Exam

Part 4: Doing

17. Fri 4/19

  • M&G ch. 13, “Supernaturalism” (305-327)

18. Wed 4/24

  • M&G chapter 14, “Anthropology and Sustainability” (329-354)

19. Fri 4/26

  • Ingold, “On Taking Others Seriously” (1-25)

20. Wed 5/1

  • Ingold, “Similarity and Difference” and “A Discipline Divided” (26-78)

Friday 5/3: Scholar Showcase, no class

21. Wed 5/8

  • Ingold, “Rethinking the Social” (79-105)

22. Fri 5/10

  • Ingold, “Anthropology for the Future” (106-132)

*** Final Exam: 5/15 Wednesday, 8-11am