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

Fall 2003

ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
26715 MW
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
BAT 7
BROW

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.

Students must also register for one of the following discussion sections: (26715) Th 9-10:00, JES A307A; (26720) F 9-10:00, RAS 312; (26725) F 10-11:00, GAR 301; (26730) F 11-12:00, CBA 4.328; (26735) F 11-12:00, ENS 145; (26737) Th 1-2:00, WAG 208 (26740) F 1-2:00, BUR 130; (26745) F 1-2:00, GAR 7; (26747) F 1-2:00, WAG 112 (26750) Th 2-3:00, CBA 4.348; (26755) Th 2-3:00, PAR 103; (26760) F 2-3:00, JES A217A; (26790) Th 4-5:00, WAG 112 -- This section is restricted to students in the Longhorn Scholars Program of Connexus.

Texts

J Spradley & D McCurdy, eds., Conformity and Conflict, custom edition. Allyn & Bacon, 2000. Colin Turnbull, The Forest People. Simon & Schuster (Touchstone Books), 1987. James Brow, Demons & Development. Arizona Press, 1996.

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