Anthropology Department

Professors: Colleen Ballerino Cohen (Chair), Judith L. Goldsteinb, Lucy Lewis Johnson, Martha Kaplan; Associate Professor: Anne Pike-Tay; Assistant ­Professors: Thomas Porcello, David Tavárez; Visiting Assistant Professor: Simon Hawkins.

b Absent on leave, second semester.

The field of anthropology seeks to promote a holistic understanding of social life by offering complex accounts of human histories, societies and cultures. Anthropologists undertake ethnographic, archival, and archaeological research on the varied aspects of individual and collective experience in all time periods and parts of the world. The Department of Anthropology offers a wide range of options for majors and for nonmajors in recognition of the broad interdisciplinary nature of the field. Nonmajors from all classes may choose courses at any level with permission of the instructor and without introductory anthropology as a ­prerequisite.

Requirements for Concentration: 12 units including Anthropology 140, 201, 301, and two additional 300-level seminars. It is required that students take Anthropology 201 by the end of their junior year and highly recommended that they take it in their sophomore year. Anthropology 140 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for Anthropology 201. Students are required to take courses in at least three of the four fields of anthropology; those being archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Students are also required to achieve familiarity with the peoples and cultures of at least two areas of the world. This requirement can be met by taking any two courses in the range from Anthropology 235-244 or other courses by petition. The remaining courses are to be chosen from among the departmental offerings in consultation with the adviser, in order to give the student both a strong focus within anthropology and an overall understanding of the field. With the consent of the adviser, students may petition the department to take up to 2 of the 12 required units in courses outside the department which are related to their focus. Once a course plan has been devised, it must be approved by the department faculty.

NRO: One introductory course taken NRO may count towards the major if a letter grade is received. If a student receives a PA for an introductory course taken under the NRO option, that student must complete 13 courses for an anthropology major. No other required courses for the major may be taken NRO.

Requirements for a Correlate Sequence: 6 units to include 1 unit at the 100-level and 2 units at the 300-level. Courses should be chosen in consultation with an anthropology department adviser in order to a) complement the student’s major and b) form a coherent focus within anthropology. Possible concentrations include cultural studies, field work, evolution, archaeology, language. One introductory course taken NRO may count towards the correlate sequence if a letter grade is received. If a student receives a PA for an introductory course taken under the NRO option, that student must complete seven courses for an anthropology correlate sequence. No other required courses for the correlate sequence may be taken NRO.

Recommendations: The field experience is essential to the discipline of anthropology. Therefore, majors are urged to take at least one fieldwork course, to engage in field research during the summer, and/or to undertake independent fieldwork under a study away program.

Anthropological Research Experience: The department also offers students the opportunity for independent fieldwork/research projects through several of its courses and in conjunction with on-going faculty research projects. Opportunities for laboratory research, which is also critical to anthropological inquiry, are available in our archaeology, biological anthropology, sound analysis, and digital video editing labs.

Advisers: The department.

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I. Introductory

100a. Archaeology (1)

Archaeologists study the material evidence of past human cultures. In this course students learn how archaeologists dig up physical remains, tools, and houses and use these data to reconstruct and understand past cultures. The methods and theory behind archaeological recovery, problem solving and interpretation are learned through the use of selected site reports, articles from all over the world, and hands on experimentation. Ms. Pike-Tay.

120b. Human Origins (1)

This course introduces current and historical debates in the study of human evolution. Primate studies, genetics, the fossil record and paleoecology are drawn upon to address such issues as the origins of nature of human cognition, sexuality, and population variation. Ms. Johnson.

140a or b. Cultural Anthropology (1)

An introduction to central concepts, methods, and findings in cultural anthropology, including culture, cultural difference, the interpretation of culture, and participant-observation. The course uses cross-cultural comparison to question scholarly and commonsense understandings of human nature. Topics may include sexuality, kinship, political and economic systems, myth, ritual and cosmology, and culturally varied ways of constructing race, gender, and ethnicity. Students undertake small research projects and explore different styles of ethnographic writing. Mr. Hawkins.

150a or b. Linguistics and Anthropology (1)

This course provides the student with a practical introduction to structuralist methods of linguistic analysis. There is a focus on both theoretical discussions about, and practical exercises in, the phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of natural human languages. Additional topics include: the acquisition of linguistic and communicative competence; the relationship between human language and other animal communication systems; and cultural and social dimensions of language variation (including the study of regional and social dialects, code switching and mixing, speaking styles, registers, and idiolects). The course is intended both as the College’s general introduction to formal linguistics and as a foundation for more advanced courses in related areas. Mr. Tavárez.

170a. Topics in Anthropology (1)

This course provides the student with an introduction to anthropology through a focus on a particular issue or aspect of human experience. Topics vary, but may include Anthropology through Film, American Popular Culture, Extinctions, Peoples of the World. The Department.

Open only to freshmen. Satisfies requirement for a Freshmen Course.

Topic for 2004/05a: Extinctions: Causes and Culprits. Australia, New Guinea, and the Americas were full of very large mammals during the last Ice Age. In the Americas, camels, giant sloths, mammoths and mastodons became extinct between roughly 17,000 to 12,000 years ago. Greater Australia’s giant marsupials and giant flightless birds disappeared even earlier. Many researchers see environmental change as the cause of these extinctions while just as many attribute primary cause to early human “big game’ hunters. This class reviews the historic and current debates weighing the roles of human, ecological and environmental causes and culprits of the extinctions of Pleistocene megafauna as well as of many more recent species. Ms. Pike-Tay.

II. Intermediate

201b. Anthropological Theory (1)

In this course we explore the history of intellectual innovations that make anthropology distinctive among the social sciences. We seek to achieve an analytic perspective on the history of the discipline and also to consider the social and political contexts, and consequences, of anthropology’s theory. While the course is historical and chronological in organization, we read major theoretical and ethnographic works that form the background to debates and issues in contemporary anthropology. Ms. Kaplan.

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Anthropology 140.

[212. World Musics] (1)

(Same as Music 212)

Not offered in 2004/05.

[231a or b. Topics in Archaeology] (1)

An examination of topics of interest in current archaeological analysis. We examine the anthropological reasons for such analyses, how analysis proceeds, what has been discovered to date through such analyses, and what the future of the topic seems to be. Possible topics include tools and human behavior, lithic technology, the archaeology of death, prehistoric settlement systems, origins of material culture.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Prerequisite: prior coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Not offered in 2004/05.

[232a. Topics in Biological Anthropology] (1)

This course covers topics within the broad field of biological (or physical) anthropology ranging from evolutionary theory to the human fossil record to the identification of human skeletal remains from crime scenes and accidents. Bioanthropology conceptualizes cultural behavior as an integral part of our behavior as a species. Topics covered in this course may include human evolution, primate behavior, population genetics, human demography and variation, or forensic anthropology.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Prerequisite: prior coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Not offered in 2004/05.

235b. Area Studies in Prehistory (1)

This course is a detailed, intensive investigation of archaeological remains from a particular geographic region of the world. The area investigated varies from year to year and includes such areas as Eurasia, North America, and the native civilizations of Central and South America.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Prerequisites: Prior coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Topic for 2004/05b: Prehistory of North America. The native peoples and cultures of North America have been central to the development of American anthropology as a discipline. This course examines what is known of the prehistory of the Americas north of Mexico, what problems have particularly interested the archaeologists who have studied this area over the past century, and how the focus of the archaeologist has been influenced by the concerns of the larger anthropological community. Ms. Johnson.

240a or b. Cultural Localities (1)

Detailed study of the cultures of people living in a particular area of the world, including their politics, economy, world view, religion, expressive practices, and historical transformations. Included is a critical assessment of different approaches to the study of culture. Areas covered vary from year to year and may include Europe, Africa, North America, and India.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Topic for 2004/05a: Ethnography of the Middle East. This course provides an overview of some of the most important trends and issues in the contemporary Middle East, (roughly defined as stretching from Morocco in the west to Iraq and Iran in the East). Using the broad themes of Islam, Gender, and Nationalism/Colonialism, it demonstrates the wide range of cultures and beliefs while also investigating some of the ideas and experiences that may create ties across the region. Through the use of sources such as films, novels, web sites, and ethnographies, the course sheds light on many of the myths and misperceptions of this politicized region. Student assignments include significant writing on a range of topics such as the veil and feminism, representations of the Middle East in the U.S., Islamic reform movements, tensions between the Arab east and the Arab west, the place of non-Muslim Arabs, and the transformations of the Ba’ath party. Mr. Hawkins.

Topic for 2004/05b: Topic for 2004/05: Ethnography of Africa. This course serves as an introduction to Africa and African cultures and also looks critically at how knowledge about Africa has been produced and deployed. Focusing upon specific regions and nations the course explores detailed histories of colonialism, civilization, dictatorships, markets, nationalism, neo-colonialism, and gender relations, and examines the idea of a global imaginary of Africa, taking into account the importance of the role of the imagination in the construction of social worlds as well as the roles of lived experience and institutions. In particular, the course examines what structural constraints, such as immigration laws and transnational capitalist relationships, are intertwined with imagined projects of various communities and how the histories and lives of African peoples and cultures apply to our present-day experiences with popular culture, racism, sexism, global imperialism, and international politics. Through readings of literature, colonial theory, anthropology, history, political economy, video documentary, and fieldwork footage, the course provides critical perspectives that form bridges among texts produced by African scholars, African American studies, and British and US Anthropology. Ms. Klein.

241b. The Caribbean (1)

This course introduces the Caribbean region, exploring its complexities along cultural, political, and economic lines. Topics include colonialism and plantation economies; independence and post-independence social movements; race, ethnic and gender relations; tourism and migration; and creolization within the emergence of contemporary Caribbean cultures. Ms. Lowe.

Prerequisite: Previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Alternate years: offered in 2004/05.

[242b. The Frozen North] (1)

Characterized by extreme cold, a dearth of plants, and rich fauna on the land and in the seas, the polar and sub-polar regions called forth unique biological and cultural adaptations from their human inhabitants. This course concentrates on peoples of the far north, looking at the myriad adjustments in technology, material culture, social structure, and ideology necessary to survive and thrive in this extreme environment. It also examines the northern people’s interactions with the Europeans who invaded the area over the past millennium. Ms. Johnson.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of­ instructor.

Alternate years: not offered in 2004/05.

[243a. The Pacific] (1)

An introduction to the cultures and histories of peoples of the Pacific, and to important anthropological issues that have resulted from research in the Pacific. Using historical and ethnographic documents and films, the course explores the variety of Pacific societies, from the chiefly kingdoms of Polynesia to the egalitarian societies of Papua New Guinea with some attention as well to Asian labor-diaspora communities in Hawaii and Fiji. The course analyzes the European cultural fascination with the “exotic” Pacific as well as Pacific islanders’ own visions and versions of their history and goals in the encounter with European colonialism and Christianity, and in the post-colonial present. Ms. Kaplan.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Alternate years: not offered in 2004/05.

245b. The Ethnographer’s Craft (1)

(Same as Urban Studies 245) This course introduces students to the methods employed in constructing and analyzing ethnographic materials by combining readings, classroom lectures, and discussions with regular field exercises. Students gain experience in participant-observation, fieldnote-taking, interviewing, survey sampling, domain analysis, symbolic analysis, quantitative analysis, the use of archival documents and contemporary media in ethnographic work, and how to formulate field problems. Attention is also given to current concerns with interpretation and modes of representation. Mr. Hawkins.

247a. Modern Social Theory: Marx, Durkheim, and Weber (1)

(Same as Sociology 247a)

250a. Language, Culture, and Society (1)

This course draws on a wide range of theoretical perspectives in exploring a particular problem, emphasizing the contribution of linguistics and linguistic anthropology to issues that bear on research in a number of disciplines. At issue in each selected course topic are the complex ways in which cultures, societies, and individuals are interrelated in the act of using language within and across particular speech communities.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Topic for 2004/05a: Language, Culture, and Society. This course introduces students from diverse backgrounds to major issues in contemporary linguistic anthropology. The first half of the course covers basic formalist frameworks Saussure, Peirce, Jakobson, culminating with Chomsky’s trajectory from early generative grammar to the present. The second half of the course begins with a consideration of the linguistic relativity hypothesis, the ethnography of communication, and investigates various practice-oriented approaches to language use in specific social contexts including Austin, Putnam, Grice, Tarmen, and Bourdieu. The course culminates with a consideration of current anthropological research in a variety of domains the intersection between language use and gender and/or class identities, the study of non-Western rhetoric and poetics, the sociopolitical impact of language ideologies, and the rapport between language and power. Students may pursue a research project informed by the approaches we discuss in this course. Mr. Tavárez.

255b. Language and Gender (1)

This course focuses on language as a cultural means of communication. Gender is approached both as a grammatical category and as a social category of person linked to different kinds of language use. The course explores the way in which language use and ideologies about language use both inform and are informed by gender. The investigation of language and gender and of gender-related social movements are explored from a cross-cultural perspective. Mr. Porcello.

[259a. Soundscapes: Anthropology of Music] (1)

(Same as Music 259) This course investigates a series of questions about the relationship between music and the individuals and societies that perform and listen to it. In other words, music is examined and appreciated as a form of human expression existing within and across specific cultural contexts. How does music create and express social identity, value, and difference? How is music used to include or exclude individuals from group membership? How is group solidarity-stylistic, ethnic, nationalistic-linked to patterns of musical production and consumption? How do we make sense of our lives through making and listening to music? Where do musicians draw their creativity from? How do we listen? Why do we perform? The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the social life of music, addressing historical themes and debates within multiple academic fields (anthropology, ethnomusicology, sociology, linguistics, philosophical aesthetics, cultural and media studies) via readings, recordings, and films. Mr. Porcello.

Prerequisites: prior coursework in Anthropology or Music, or by permission of instructor.

Not offered in 2004/05.

260a. Current Themes in Anthropological Theory and Method (1)

The focus is upon particular cultural sub-systems and their study in cross-cultural perspective. The sub-system selected varies from year to year. Examples include: kinship systems, political organizations, religious beliefs and practices, verbal and nonverbal communication.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of­ instructor.

Topic for 2004/05a: Local Politics and Global Commodities. This course engages the anthropology of globalization by focusing on local cultural and political impacts of participation in global markets. The course introduces key theoretical approaches in the anthropology of globalization, ranging from Mintz and Wolf’s world system approach, to Sahlins’ “cosmologies of capitalism,” to Arjun Appadurai’s “modernity at large.” Cases studied consider both the local political effects of producing for global markets, and the situation of local groups who consume foreign commodities. Studies of both production and consumption of global commodities in both “western” and “non-western” societies are included. Topics for the course include the history of sugar production in colonial plantation societies and its consumption in industrializing Europe; the twentieth century global soft drink market, with focus on the US, the Pacific, and the Caribbean as sites of consumption; and recent work on the emergence of water as a commodity. In each case, we focus on the locally salient cultural and political opportunities and consequences of participation in the global market. In addition to research based on secondary sources, students in the class do research on their own consumption of global commodities. Ms. Kaplan.

[261. Culture, Power, History] (1)

This course examines the turn to historical questions in current anthropology. What are the implications of cultural difference for an understanding of history, and of history for an understanding of culture? Recent works which propose new ways of thinking about western and non-western peoples and the power to make history are read. Theoretical positions include structure and history, world system, hegemony and resistance, globalization theory, and discourse approaches. Historical/ethnographic situations range from New Guinea cargo cults to the English industrial revolution, from the history of sugar as a commodity to the colonizing of Egypt, from debates about the sexuality of women and Hindu gods in Fiji to the role of spirit mediums in the struggle for Zimbabwe. The department.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Alternate years: not offered in 2004/05.

262b. Anthropological Approaches to Myth, Ritual and Symbol (1)

What is the place of myth, ritual and symbol in human social life? Do symbols reflect reality, or create it? This course considers answers to these questions in social theory (Marx, Freud and Durkheim) and in major anthropological approaches (functionalism, structuralism, and symbolic anthropology). It then reviews current debates in interpretive anthropology about order and change, power and resistance, and the role of ritual in the making of history. Ethnographic studies include Fiji, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, sixteenth century Italy, the Seneca, and the U.S. The department.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Alternate years: offered in 2004/05.

[263a. Anthropology Goes to the Movies: Film, Video, and Ethnography] (1)

This course examines how film and video are used in ethnography as tools for study and as means of ethnographic documentary and representation. Topics covered include history and theory of visual anthropology, issues of representation and audience, indigenous film, and contemporary ethnographic approaches to popular media. Ms. Cohen.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or Film or by permission of instructor.

Two 75-minute class periods, plus 3-hour preview lab.

Not offered in 2004/05.

264a. Anthropology of Art (1)

The Anthropology of Art explores the practices of producing and interpreting art. The course moves from classic analyses of the form and function of art in the work of Franz Boas, through ethnoaesthetics, to the developing world market in the art objects traditionally studied by anthropologists. Among the topics explored in the course are connoisseurship and taste, authenticity, “primitive art,” and the ethnographic museum. Ms. Goldstein.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

283b. Indigenous and Oppositional Media Practices (1)

(Sama as MSDP 283) As audiovisual and digital media technologies have proliferated and become more accessible globally, they have become important tools for indigenous peoples and activist groups in struggles for recognition and self-determination, for articulating community concerns and for furthering social and political transformations. This course explores the media practices of indigenous peoples and activist groups, and through this exploration achieves a more nuanced and intricate understanding of the relation of the local to the global. In addition to looking at the films, videos, musics, radio and television productions, and internet interventions of indigenous media makers and activists around the world, the course looks at oppositional practices employed in the consumption and distribution of media. Course readings are augmented by weekly screenings and demonstrations of media studied, and students explore key theoretical concepts through their own interventions, making use of audiovisual and digital technologies. Ms. Cohen.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

290a or b. Field Work ( 1/2 or 1)

Individual or group field projects or internships. May be elected during the college year or during the summer. Open to all students. The department.

297a or b. Reading Course in Archaeological Field Methods ( 1/2)

Ms. Johnson.

298a or b. Independent Work ( 1/2 or 1)

Individual or group project of reading or research. May be elected during the college year or during the summer. The department.

III. Advanced

300a or b. Senior Thesis (1)

The department.

301a. Senior Seminar (1)

A close examination of current theory in anthropology, oriented around a topic of general interest, such as history and anthropology, the writing of ethnography, or the theory of practice. Students write a substantial paper applying one or more of the theories discussed in class. Readings change from year to year. Ms. Goldstein.

305a or b. Topics in Advanced Biological Anthropology (1)

An examination of such topics as primate structure and behavior, the Plio-Pleistocene hominids, the final evolution of Homo sapiens sapiens, forensic anthropology, and human biological diversity.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Prerequisite: Anthropology 232 or by permission of the instructor.

331a. Seminar in Archaeological Method and Theory (1)

The theoretical underpinnings of anthropological archaeology and the use of theory in studying particular bodies of data. The focus ranges from examination of published data covering topics such as architecture and society, the origin of complex society, the relationship between technology and ecology to more laboratory-oriented examination of such topics as archaeometry, archaeozoology, or lithic technology.

Prerequisites: 200-level work in archaeology or by permission of instructor.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Topic for 2004/05a: Technology and Ecology. (Same as Science, Technology and Society 331 and Environmental Studies 331) Examines the interactions between human beings and their environment mediated by technology from the earliest evidence of toolmaking approximately up to the Industrial Revolution. Includes some experimentation with primitive technologies. Ms. Johnson.

351b. Language and Expressive Culture (1)

This seminar provides the advanced student with an intensive investigation of theoretical and practical problems in specific areas of research that relate language and linguistics to expressive activity. Although emphasizing linguistic modes of analysis and argumentation, the course is situated at the intersection of important intellectual crosscurrents in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that focus on how culture is produced and projected through not only verbal, but also musical, material, kinaesthetic, and dramatic arts. Each topic culminates in independent research projects.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in linguistics or by permission of instructor.

Topic for 2004/05b: Sound. (Same as Media Studies Developmental Project 351) This seminar centers on the examination of acoustic, perceptual, and cultural dimensions of aural phenomena. Linguistics is one focal area of the course, in which we pursue both qualitative and quantitative analyses of paralinguistic and prosodic features (pitch, intonation, rhythm, timbre, formants), acoustic phonetics, and especially issues of sound symbolism (onomatopoeia, iconicity, metaphor, and synaesthesia). Additional topics of discussion include relationships between sound structure and social structure as investigated by anthropologists and ethnomusicologists, sound as an element of various media, the cultural history of sound (as encoded in regulatory practices such as public noise ordinances, as well as in architectural and technological designs). Mr. Porcello.

360a or b. Problems in Cultural Analysis (1)

Covers a variety of current issues in modern anthropology in terms of ongoing discussion among scholars of diverse opinions rather than a rigid body of fact and theory. The department.

May be repeated for credit if topic has changed.

Prerequisites: Previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Topic for 2004/05a: Writing, Memory and Power. (Same as Media Studies Developmental Project 360) This course examines the rapport among writing practices, hierarchies of knowledge, collective memory genres, and sociopolitical authority. We begin with a reassessment of the epistemic assumptions that underlie the canonical distinctions between writing and orality, ideographic and alphabetic writing, and collective memory and reconstruction. We then trace the production, circulation and reception of various media that record rhetorical acts, narratives, and collectively authored statements. The case studies range from public and private ideographic/alphabetic texts, sacred texts, and clandestine writings to monuments, rhetorical performances, and globally exchanged texts and images. The course concludes with an assessment of writing and remembrance as practices that reinforce social circuits and perennially reconstitute their own spaces and modes of interaction. In 2004, the case studies may include the gendered production of Classic Maya and Postclassic Mixtec writing, the European art of memory and its failed introduction into sixteenth-century China, the circulation of clandestine texts in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Classical Arabic rhetoric and state bureaucracies, the rhetoric of public monuments, and information exchanges over the Internet. Mr. Tavárez.

Topic for 2004/05b: Imagining Asia. (Same as Asian Studies 360) Does “the Orient” exist? On the other hand, does “the West” exist? This course explores Western scholarly images of Asia. It also traces the impact of Asian ideas and institutions on the West. Each time offered, the seminar has at least three foci, on topics such as: Asia and capitalism, Asia and the concept of culture, Asia and feminism, Asia and knowledge, Asia and Marxism. Ms. Kaplan.

Topic for 2004/05b: Diaspora and Migration. Culture is often thought of as a stable and bounded entity, developed in relative seclusion. However, a closer look at the relationships between humans across time reveals that people have always been in intercultural contact and that cultures have more likely developed through cross cultural encounters, rather than in isolation. Using theory, ethnography, film, and music, this course highlights aspects of globalization that have put waves of people, information, ideas and money on the move, paying specific attention to diaspora and migration. Theories of globalization, diaspora and transnationalism help students better understand why and when peoples move in and across state boundaries, and analyze the push and pull factors influencing movements from the South to North, and from East to West and vice versa. Ethnographies help students visualize how such flows are experienced locally, and how culture is continually made in and through movement and as a consequence of contact. The question that animates and organizes our inquiries is: How do global flows of human interaction challenge or substantiate our understandings of constructs such as culture, race and nation-state? Ms. Lowe.

One 3-hour period.

Topic for 2004/05b: Social Justice and The Body. This course explores critical symbolic, feminist, discursive, and medical anthropological approaches to examining how our bodies are culturally and politically constructed within institutionalized structures. Do some bodies count more than others? How is anthropology an important tool for investigating injustices and demanding a more just world? This course explores how we might theorize the body in relation to concerns about body politics and the embodiment of inequality. We focus on a range of topics, including: biomedical constructions of womens bodies; why treatable infectious diseases are on the rise; how Nigerian ethnic minorities have endured oil politics; the lived realities of inner city drug cultures; and how members of drag cultures participate and resist through bodily transformation. Through their final, research projects, students practice skills learned from the courseincluding critical reading and thinking skills; cultural interpretation and analysis; and analytic writing. Ms. Klein.

One 3-hour period.

[361b. Consumer Culture] (1)

An examination of classic and recent work on the culture of consumption. Among the topics we study are gender and consumption, the creation of value, commodity fetishism, the history of the department store, and the effect of Western goods on non-Western societies. Ms. Goldstein.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Not offered in 2004/05.

[362b. Male and Female in Anthropological Perspective] (1)

The course begins with an overview of the position of men and women according to recent anthropological theory, and in so doing examines how including women affects mainstream anthropological theory. The course compares the classification of sex differences and images of men and women with their social roles. Representations of women in popular culture are studied. The department.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of ­instructor.

Not offered in 2004/05.

[363a. Nations, Globalization, and Post-Coloniality] (1)

(Same as International Studies 363) How do conditions of globalization and dilemmas of post-coloniality challenge the nation-state? Do they also reinforce and reinvent it? This course engages three related topics and literatures; recent anthropology of the nation-state; the anthropology of colonial and post-colonial societies; and the anthropology of global institutions and global flows. Ms. Kaplan.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

Not offered in 2004/05.

[364a. Tourism] (1)

Recreational travel to distant places to experience other cultures is becoming big business as tourism achieves the status of one of the leading growth industries world-wide. This course explores this trend, emphasizing the history of tourism, the role played by and the impact of tourism in the process of development, the relationship between tourism and constructions of national and cultural identities and negotiations for power, and the concept “tourist” as it applies to the experience of recreational travelers and ethnographic study and representation alike. Students use ethnographic case studies, novels, essays, historical travel journals, travel brochures, advertisements, and personal narratives, to prepare in-depth analyses and accounts of tourism. Ms. Cohen.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or by permission of instructor.

399a or b. Senior Independent Work ( 1/2 or 1)

Individual or group project of reading or research. May be elected during the college year or during the summer. The department.