History of Anthropological Thought|
The theory of the gift, taboo & transgression, secrecy & power, ritual & transformation: Readings in these and other important topics in the history of anthropology will guide our study of the main theoretical traditions from which the contemporary practice of anthropology arose and against which much of it defines itself today. These topics exemplify the Euro-American fascination with so-called primitive cultures and, at the same time, the role primitivism played in the self-making of what we call Western civilization. Our approach to anthropology's most important theoretical traditions (i.e. evolutionism, relativism, functionalism & structuralism, feminism, Marxism) will be to treat them as cultural narratives in which the relationship between past and present, the "primitive" and the modern, and the ethnographer and his/her subject matter take on specific forms to explain cultural identity and difference. We will explore ways in which the study of other peoples' worlds makes one's own culture seem strange; the question of how one comes to understand oneself through others will be an important focus in this seminar.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Works by Rivers, Boas, Kroeber, Sapir, Durkheim, Mauss, Malinowski, Radcliffe-Brown, Benedict, Mead among others.
THE STRANGERS ABROAD series, Lumiere Brothers First Films, Nanook of the North, Man with a Movie Camera, Grass, and films by Gardner, Asch, Rouch, the MacDougalls, Llewellyn-Davis will be screened.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Short papers, class presentations, and final research paper.
|Instructor(s): Gandolfo,Daniella Times: ...W... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK116; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 12||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 12||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 1||SO: X||FR: X|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 0||1st Ranked: 0||2nd Ranked: 0||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 0|