ANT 330C • Theories of Culture & Society-W
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
This course will examine the theoretical approaches that established the intellectual foundations of contemporary socio-cultural anthropology. It will start by exploring the classic social theories of Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim. Thereafter it will be principally concerned with the developments within anthropology itself, beginning with the work of Franz Boas and his followers in the United States and that of Bronislaw Malinowski, A R Radcliffe-Brown and their followers in Britain. It will then look at several trends, schools and traditions that flourished subsequently, including structuralism, interpretive anthropology and political economy. In the second half of the course, consideration of the theoretical contributions of Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault and Raymond Williams will prepare students to explore some of the influential tendencies and movements in the field today.
This course is designed for anthropology majors. Others may be admitted with the permission of the instructor.
John McGhee & Richard Warms, eds., Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History. Nicholas Dirks, Geoff Eley & Sherry Ortner, eds., Culture / Power / History: A Reader in Contemporary Social Theory.