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

Spring 2006

ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology-Honors-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28975 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
RAS 215

Course Description

This course introduces the central concepts, theories, and techniques employed by cultural anthropologists to explore the social and cultural dimension of human experience. Readings include both classic and contemporary accounts of societies throughout the world, focusing on such areas as ritual and belief systems; gender roles and the family; relations between individuals and society; political and economic systems; power relations and social conflict; and continuity and change. The aim is for students to emerge from the course with an enhanced understanding of cultural diversity, anthropological interpretation, and contemporary social relations. The course is also designed to develop students' writing skills. We will view four ethnographic videos during class time. These are required. If you miss the showing, you can find the videos on reserve in the PCL Audio Visual Collection. This is a discussion class and requires the active participation of each student. You are expected to attend class regularly, to read the assigned texts carefully, critically, and on schedule, and to contribute your questions and insights to class discussions. NOTE: Late work will only be accepted if you have made arrangements with me prior to the due date. In fairness to other students, you will be penalized for late work, except in cases of serious illness or sudden emergency.


Levi-Strass, Tristes Tropiques Benedict, Patterns of Culture Evans-Pritchard, Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Turner, Forest of Symbols (selections) Geertz, Interpretation of Cultures (selections) Deloria, Waterlily Fernea, Guests of the Sheik Wolf, Thrice-Told Tales Brown, Mama Lola Foley, Learning Capitalist Culture


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