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

Fall 2004

ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology-H-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28240 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
EPS 1.128
ghosh

Course Description

This is an introductory course that seeks to develop students' skills in the understanding of unfamiliar societies and in the interpretation of cultural difference. It examines a wide range of cultural variation both by detailed study of a few societies and by comparative analysis of different kinds of social organization. In the course of this endeavor it also invites students to re-examine their own cultural understandings and assumptions about the way social life is organized in the United States and other Western countries. The first section of the course is a discussion of guiding perspectives, basic anthropological concepts, and methods of research and analysis. Part two explores in greater detail a number of topics that are of central concern to cultural anthropology:- the social organization of economic activities; kinship and marriage; power and authority; and gender relations. In the third and final section of the course attention comes to focus on interconnections between cultural activity, the exercise of power and the formation of identities.

Texts

James Spradley & David McCurdy, eds. Conformity and Conflict, 11th ed. Allyn & Bacon, 2003. Colin Turnbull, The Forest People. Simon & Schuster (Touchstone Books), 1987. James Brow, Demons and Development. University of Arizona Press, 1996.

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