The Anthropology of Religion|
Fall 2014 not offered
We often think of religion as being about belief, but how do you observe a belief? What exactly do we study when we study religion? What can be observed, documented, and concluded from the ethnographic study of religion? This course introduces students to a cross-cultural, comparative perspective on religious practice and belief through methodological inquiry. The class is intended to prepare students to do independent field research. Ethnographic readings interspersed with methodological exercises in a local religious community culminate in the preparation of a research proposal.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(EDST-MN)(EDST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
J. Boddy, WOMBS AND ALIEN SPIRITS
C. Geertz, RITUAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE AND THICK DESCRIPTION
L. Kendall, SHAMANS, NOSTALGIAS AND THE IMF
K. McCarthy-Brown, MAMA LOLA
M. Paxson, SOLOVYOVO
V. Turner, THE FOREST OF SYMBOLS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Readings and reading responses, field research exercises (mapping, interviews, focused description). The final paper is a research proposal. The course can be used by students to prepare for senior thesis research involving field research in any field, but class exercises must be conducted in a religious context.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills a "Method & Theory" requirement for the Religion Department major.
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