Theory 1: Anthropology and the Experience of Limits|
|This course may be repeated for credit.|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
Theory 1 and Theory 2 are core courses for the major, designed to elucidate historical influences on contemporary anthropological theory. While precise topics may vary from year to year, the overall goal of the courses remains the same: to familiarize students with the main traditions from which the discipline of anthropology emerged and to explore the diverse ways in which contemporary anthropological practice defines itself both with and against them. This semester our topic will be anthropology and political economy. We will critically examine capitalist modernity. In addition to studying the three key people who theorized social change and capitalist modernity--Durkheim, Weber, and Marx--we will examine various topics, including factory work, neoliberalism, tourism, consumption and commodities, markets and finance, and anticapitalist ways of life from an anthropological perspective.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CSCT)(CWRC)(SISP-Anth Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Ethnographic works by Malinowski, Mauss, Evans-Pritchard, Benedict, Mary Douglas, Irving Goldman, Maya Deren, and Michael Taussig. A selection of texts from The College of Sociology (by Georges Bataille, Roger Caillois, and Michel Leiris). Philosophy works by Hegel and Kojčve, Foucault, Derrida, and Annette Michelson.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Class presentations, response papers, midterm exam, and final research project.
|Instructor(s): Gandolfo,Daniella Times: ...W... 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: ANTH6; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 10||JR major: 9|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: X|
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