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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2009

ANT 392Q • Introduction to Graduate Anthropology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30147 F
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
EPS 1.128
Menchaca and Valdez

Course Description

The foundations and development of historical theories will be examined through the critical assessment of archaeological and social anthropology. The course will begin by exploring theoretical and applied goals shared by archaeology and social anthropology. A comparative analysis of case studies will follow. The ancient and modern American Southwest and Mesoamerica (Mexico and Central America) will be the emphasis of the geographical areas. Shifting political boundaries will exemplify how cultural landscapes change over time and space. The readings will examine contemporary cultures and the ancient societies that lived in Mexico and the American Southwest. Special attention will be given to the borders of Mexico.

Assignments: Paper (15 pages) Presentation on assigned reading

Texts

Tentative readings: Richard Adams, Mesoamerica Bonfil Batalla, Mexico Profundo Stephen Lynn, Transborder Lives: Indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico, California, and Oregon Martha Menchaca, Recovering History Constructing Race Lohse and Valdez, Ancient Maya Commoners Stephen Lynn, Zapata Lives A short reader will also be required.

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