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The Anthropology of Social Movements

ANTH 226
Spring 2016
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 118, FGSS 222
Course Cluster: Disability Studies, Queer Studies

Intentional efforts to shape society are always in a process of becoming. In this course, we examine how social movement actors disrupt dominant cultural scripts and forms of dualistic thinking that block our collective recognition of the fundamental interconnectedness of all aspects of social life. First, we survey a range of social theories that propose ways to rethink the binaries that structure social life--e.g. mind/body, theory/practice, feeling/thinking, etc. We then consider a series of ethnographic cases in the contemporary period to identify the similarities and differences between them.

The methods of inquiry in this course seek to replicate the challenges of seeing theory and practice as interlocking processes. As such, you will work in affinity groups all semester to design and execute an action at Wesleyan or in the Middletown area that addresses a social issue you are passionate about. This capstone project will be based on scholarly research, and thoughtful collaborative practice.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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