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

Summer 2009

ANT s302 • Cultural Anthropology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
81436 MTWTh
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
JGB 2.218
Rizvi

Course Description

How do cultural norms, habits and practices shape the way humans see the world? How do people interpret and grapple with cultural differences? How do categories of race, gender, and class affect social life in different parts of the world? How do identities based on religion, family, ethnicity and nation create a sense of close community between people who never meet in person? What do our ordinary habits, like eating fast food at McDonald's, say about contemporary American culture? These are a few of the questions we will address in this course. This course will introduce the elementary aspects of anthropological knowledge. The goal of this course is to help students interpret cultural differences as well as to bring a critical lens to ordinary cultural practices that might be taken for granted. Ethnographic articles, monographs and films will be used introduce topics, case studies and draw comparative analysis of different cultures and communities.

Discussion sections meet on Fridays: 81436: F 10:00AM - 11:30AM RAS 215 81437: F 01:00PM - 02:30PM RAS 215

Texts

Schlosser, Eric. (2001) Fast Food Nation. Houghton Miflin. New York. Bayoumi, Moustafa (2008). How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young and Arab in America. Penguin New York (selections) Readings in Course Packet.

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