Anthropology Department

Professors: Colleen Ballerino Cohen, Judith L. Goldstein, Lucy Lewis Johnson, Martha Kaplan (Chair), Anne Pike-Tay; Associate Professor: Thomas Porcello; Assistant Professors: Candice Lowe, David Tavárez; Visiting Instructor Linta Varghese.

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 Anthropology 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. 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. Johnson.

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 and nature of human cognition, sexuality, and population variation. Ms. Pike-Tay.

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. Ms. Lowe.

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 2006/07a: The Asian American Experience: Context and Change. This course examines the experiences of Asians in the United States through an anthropological perspective. In the popular imagination Asian Americans have been cast as outsiders in the United States through a construction of Asian American culture as traditional, static, and conformist. Asian Americans have been portrayed as opposite to "American" culture which is said to be modern, innovative and individualist. The course introduces anthropological concepts of cultural dynamism, variation, and context that can challenge these stereotypes. Readings include anthropological studies on Asian American reworkings of kinship, notions of self, cultural production and underground cultures in order to examine and question concepts of tradition, community, assimilation and racial identity. Ms. Varghese.

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.

[212b. World Musics] (1)

(Same as Music 212)

Not offered in 2006/07.

231a. 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.

Topic for 2006/07a: Field Archaeology. (Same as Environmental Studies 231) In this course students learn archaeological survey, excavation, and analytical techniques through working on a local archaeological site. Survey methods include both surface survey and mapping with an Electronic Total Station and non-invasive electronic surveys such as Resistivity, Magnetometer and Ground Penetrating Radar. In addition to using these instruments students learn how they work. We also perform test excavations both to ground test our results and to date the features encountered. Lectures and readings provide students a basic understanding of the archaeology of New York State and the theories that drive its study. In 2006 we conduct our fieldwork at the prehistoric and historic site at Dennings Point, Beacon, NY, or at a site at Mohonk Preserve. Ms. Johnson.

Special permission.

Saturday: 8:30-5:30, weather permitting. When the weather is inclement, we work in the lab from 9 am until the collections have been processed.

[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 2006/07.

235a or b. 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 2006/07a: Prehistoric Eurasia. Using the theories and methods of anthropological archaeology this course reviews the major themes of research in the prehistory of Europe and the Near East, with selected coverage of the Paleolithic Far East and Australia. It outlines the evolution of human ancestors, their eventual colonization of northern regions, and the biological and cultural theories regarding the Neanderthals. It critically examines the significance of the coincident appearance of anatomically modern humans with the emergence of art, ritual, and language. It presents evidence for highly complex hunter-gatherer social systems across Eurasia, followed by the expansion of economies based on domesticated plants and animals. Subsistence economy, trade, settlement strategies, technology, social organization and symbolic behavior are emphasized throughout the course. Ms. Pike-Tay.

Topic for 2006/07b: Native American Civilizations. In three areas of prehistoric America, cultures developed to the state of complexity recognized as civilization: Highland Mexico, the Mayan Area, and the Central Andes. This course examines the development of civilization in each of these areas, various hypotheses concerning these developments, and the influence of each one upon the other two. Ms. Johnson.

240b. 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 2006/07b: Mesoamerican Worlds. (Same as Latin American and Latino/a Studies 240). An intensive survey of the culture, history, literature and politics of several indigenous societies that have deep historical ties to territory now located in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. This course explores the emergence of Mesoamerican states with a cosmology tied to warfare and human sacrifice, the reconfiguration of these societies under the twin burdens of Christianity and colonial rule, and analyzes indigenous strategies that have sought to preserve local notions of identity, and cope with incorporation into nation-states. The course also examines the representation of indigenous identities in the national and global spheres, the rapport among environmental policies and local agriculture, and legal projects that address indigenous autonomy in Mexico and Guatemala. Mr. Tavárez.

241a. The Caribbean (1)

An overview of the cultures of the Caribbean, tracing the impact of slavery and colonialism on contemporary experiences and expressions of Caribbean identity. Using ethnographies, historical accounts, literature, music, and film, the course explores the multiple meanings of ‘Caribbean,’ as described in historical travel accounts and contemporary tourist brochures, as experienced in daily social, political, and economic life, and as expressed through cultural events such as calypso contests and Festival and cultural-political movements such as rastafarianism. Although the course deals primarily with the English-speaking Caribbean, it also includes materials on the French and Spanish speaking Caribbean and on diasporic Caribbean communities in the U.S. and U.K. Ms. Lowe.

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

Alternate years: offered in 2006/07.

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: offered in 2006/07.

[243b. 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 2006/07.

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 through readings, classroom lectures, and discussions with regular field exercises. Students gain experience in participant-observation, fieldnote-taking, interviewing, survey sampling, symbolic analysis, the use of archival documents, and the use of contemporary media. Attention is also given to current concerns with interpretation and modes of representation. Throughout the semester, students practice skills they learn in the course as they design, carry out, and write up original ethnographic projects. Ms. Varghese.

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

(Same as Sociology 247a)

250b. 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: Anthropology 150 or permission of instructor.

Topic for 2006/07b: Sociolinguistics. Spanning disciplines including anthropology, sociology, linguistics, psychology, and folklore, sociolinguistics analyzes relationships among languages, societies, and individuals. Of central concern is developing systematic accounts of and explanations for variations in language use among members of a given society. This course explores both macro- and micro-sociolinguistic approaches to examining how social structure influences the ways in which people talk, how varieties and patterns of language use correlate with social attributes, and how social institutions (schools, government, the media) shape and reflect attitudes toward language and language use. Topics explored include standard and non-standard registers, code-switching, “biased” languages, dialect variation, politeness, and language ideologies. Mr. Porcello.

255a. 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. Tavárez.

[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 2006/07.

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 2006/07a: Topics in Anthropology: Urban Anthropology. Over half of the world's population now lives in urban areas. Cities continue to evoke feelings of promise, hope and modernity, but also of chaos, poverty, and danger. How do we make sense of this contradiction?

This course answers this question through an anthropological approach to the study of cities. We examine social relationships that exist in urban settings through attention to cultural, spatial and methodological concerns in urban ethnographies. Among other things, the course looks at the practices of space and time in urban environments; how urban spaces are marked by gender, race, sexuality, and class; urban practices across different national and cultural arenas; the role of migrants in urban and non-urban spaces; industrial and postindustrial cities; and Asian communities around the globe. Ms. Varghese.

261a. 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. Ms. Kaplan.

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

Alternate years: offered in 2006/07.

262a. 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. Ms. Kaplan.

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

Alternate years: offered in 2006/07.

263b. 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.

Alternate years.

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.

280b. Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Food. (1)

Considering the wide array of nutritional possibilities, why do people select certain food sources and reject others? Why is there an abundance of food in some societies and a dearth in others? Food is embedded in symbolic, political and economic systems; it is an index of our histories, geographies, belief systems, social statuses, as well as our national culture and global positioning. In this course, we explore the cultural and political economy of food. We examine its production, preparation, distribution, and consumption, and cover such topics as food taboos, changing tastes, food systems and colonialism, fast and slow foods, and the importance of food in the construction of gender, national and religious distinction. Ms. Lowe.

Prerequisite: Prior coursework in Anthropology or permission of instructor.

283b. The Jewish Gothic (1)

(Same as Jewish Studies 283) Ms. Goldstein.

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.

305b. 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.

Topic for 2006/07b: Seminar in Forensic Anthropology and Paleopathology. This course is an advanced introduction to the subfields of Forensic Anthropology, the application of osteological and anthropological techniques to the law; and of Paleopathology, the investigation of incidences of trauma, infectious diseases, nutritional deficiencies and other conditions that leave evidence on human bones. Prominent case studies such as the identification of members of the Russian imperial family; of missing American soldiers in Southeast Asia; and of recent war-crime victims from Latin America, Africa, and the Balkans, all of which have required the analyses of forensic anthropologists and paleopathologists, are reviewed. Ms. Pike-Tay.

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 2006/07a: Technology, Ecology and Society. (Same as Science, Technology, and Society 331 and Environmental Studies 331) Examines the interactions between human beings and their environment as mediated by technology from the earliest evidence of toolmaking approximately up to the Industrial Revolution. Includes some experimentation with primitive technologies. Ms. Johnson.

One 2-hour class; One 2-hour lab period.

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 2006/07b: Sound. (Same as Media Studies 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, and relationships between sound and both natural and built environments. 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 2006/07a: 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.

Topic for 2006/07b: Asian Diasporas. (Same as Asian Studies 360 and Geography 360). Ms. Kaplan, Ms. Zhou.

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.

[362a. Race, Ethnicity, and Gender] (1)

This seminar examines the influence of culture on two categories of difference that are presumed to be natural: race and gender. The course explores the contributions of anthropologists to understandings of race and gender by focusing on related debates, public policies, and medical discourses, as well as how the content and form of these distinctions vary across space and time. Using ethnographies, various theoretical perspectives, historical documents and films, we think critically about how, when, and towards what ends race and gender are deployed, and about the relationship between these constructs. Attention is also given to the related concepts of ethnicity and sexuality. Ms. Lowe.

Not offered in 2006/07.

[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 2006/07.

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.