The Anthropology of Religion|
This course will introduce students to a cross-cultural, comparative perspective on religious practice and belief. The course will examine a number of religious traditions and anthropological debates while posing an underlying conceptual question: How have anthropologists used the concept of religion to explain--or perhaps, to explain away--seemingly radical forms of cultural difference? How, in other words, have the wildly diverse practices and beliefs of communities throughout the world been subsumed within the category of religion? What is gained and lost in this act of comparison and generalization?
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will develop intercultural literacy skills in three ways: first, by examining the religious traditions of diverse communities in West Africa, the United States, and elsewhere; second, by exploring the role of anthropology and religious studies, as scholarly fields, in structuring relationships among diverse communities; third and above all, by conducting independent field research in a local religious community.
Students will develop interpretive skills in two ways: first, by reading and discussing theoretical texts in the anthropology of religion; and second, by documenting and explaining the religious life of the community with which they conduct field research.
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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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
P.Stoller, FUSION OF THE WORLDS
B. Meyerhoff, NUMBER OUR DAYS
D. Chidester, SAVAGE SYSTEMS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will write papers on the course readings, and a final research paper based on ethnographic fieldwork.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills a "Method & Theory" requirement for the Religion Department major.
|Instructor(s): Goldschmidt,Henry Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: FISK404; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 6||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 1||FR: 0|
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