Anthropology Department

Professors: Colleen Ballerino Cohena, Judith L. Goldsteinb, Lucy Lewis Johnsona, Martha Kaplan, Anne Pike-Tay (Chair); Associate Professor: Thomas Porcello (and Associate Dean of Planning and Academic Affairs); Assistant Professors: Candice Loweab, David Tavárez; Visiting Assistant Professors: Saúl Mercado, Linta Varghese.

abAbsent on leave, for the year.
a Absent on leave, first semester.
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 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—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.

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. Wilmerding.

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 and 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. Varghese, Ms. Cohen.

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, Mr. S. Mercado.

[ 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 Writing Seminar.

Not offered 2009/10.

[ 180b. Ethnography and Detective Fiction ](1)

This course teaches concepts of cultural anthropology through the lens of detective fiction. It studies detective fiction from the development of the nineteenth century classic detective story to its most recent forms, focusing on novels in which indigenous detectives solve mysteries through their knowledge of their cultures. This particular genre of detective fiction can be considered "ethnographic" because of its reliance on local detectives operating as participant observers in their surrounding cultures. Detective novels are paired with relevant readings from the anthropological canon. Ms. Goldstein.

Satisfies the requirement for introductory-level cultural anthropology.

Not offered in 2009/10.

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)

[ 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.

Not offered in 2009/10.

232b. 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.

Topic for 2009/10b: Primates. Since the early part of this century, monkeys and apes have been given special status as natural objects that can show humans our pre-rational and pre-cultural origins. The objective of this course is to introduce students to major theoretical issues and methodological approaches in the anthropological study of nonhuman primates and how these have changed over time. Topics considered include theories of domination and of production and reproduction in primate behavior studies, along with their relevance to "human nature". Ms. Pike-Tay

Prerequisites: Courses in Anthropology, Geology, or Biology or by permission of instructor.

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 2009/10b: Ethnohistory and Archaeology of The Frozen North. 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.

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, worldview, 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 2009/10a: Envisioning Europe. This course engages Europe not as a territorial locality but as a socially, historically, and politically construed concept. Given the impact of the European Union, the resurgence of regionalism, and increasing transnational flows of people, capital, and ideas, how is the concept of Europe being refashioned and re-imagined? What are the consequences of these varied envisionings? Drawing primarily on anthropological texts, the course begins with a survey of classic studies on Europe and Europeans, which serve as a foundation for critical assessments of contemporary thinking about the continent. The course then turns to current topics in the study of Europe including film, art and performance; globalization, transnationalism, and regionalism; citizenship, language and immigration; folklore and festival; and issues surrounding identity, religion, and gender. Mr. Mercado.

Topic for 2009/10a: Andean Worlds. (Same as Latin American Latino/a Studies 240a) This course proposes an intensive survey of the culture, history, languages, art, and sociopolitical organization of indigenous societies in the Andes. After a consideration of the various urban and sociopolitical reforms introduced by the Inca state, we focus on indigenous adaptations to Spanish colonial rule, and the persistence of Andean cosmologies and modes of organization. The course then examines the often conflictive relations between indigenous communities and the emerging nation-states of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, and investigates the renegotiation of civil and legal rights, the impact of indigenous movements on national and global politics, and the links among environmental policies, globalization, and Andean culture after the failure of neoliberalism. Mr. Tavárez.

Topic for 2009/10b: South Asia and Neoliberalism. This course investigates the policies of privatization, deregulation and free trade that are known as neoliberalism in the South Asian context. In order to adequately examine the process of neoliberalism, students read across a diverse, yet focused, body of literature. This includes grounding works on neoliberalism as well as readings of pre- and post-colonial structures in various South Asian nations. Topic specific readings on neoliberalsim and citizenship, the shifting relationship between governments of South Asia and the diaspora since the implementation of neoliberal policies, and national and transnational resistance to neoliberal policies are also included. Ms. Varghese. (Not offered in 2009/2010b.)

[ 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. Cohen.

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

Alternate years: Not offered in 2009/10.

[ 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.

Not offered in 2009/10.

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 2009/10: Language, Mediation, and Governance. This course investigates how governance and power are not simply a matter of top-down relationships, but also involve complex networks of mediation. Drawing from a broad range of literature from the social sciences and the humanities, we ask how institutions and related organizations employ multi-media in order to influence the everyday life of the constituents they seek to target. Special emphasis is placed on issues surrounding language policy, language politics, discourse analysis, and semiotics. Students develop semester long independent research projects, which explore related issues in multiple media contexts. Mr. Mercado.

Topic for 2009/10: Plurilingualism. One of the quintessential empirical objects in linguistic anthropology is the relationship between language contact and the constitution of human social groups. This seminar sheds light on the crosscurrents between multi- and plurilingualism and processes of social cohesion. Students learn how to analyze naturally occurring speech in plurilingual contexts through their own ethnographic participant-observation and transcript analysis. Topics include (but are not limited to): citizenship, ethnonationalism, youth language, codeswitching, sociolinguistic methods, and language policy and politics. Mr. Mercado.

255a. Language and Gender(1)

How do gender identities influence language use, language and power, and ideas about language? This course presents a systematic survey of anthropological and linguistic approaches to this set of questions. The course is organized as a cross-cultural survey of several approaches—from ground-breaking feminist linguistic anthropology to contemporary debates on gender as performance, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual/transgender identities, and gender, class and hegemony—that investigate the multiple rapports among gender identities, socialization, language use in private and public spheres, social norms, and gendered forms of authority. Students have an opportunity to learn about linguistic anthropology methods and design a research project. 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. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the social life of music, addressing historical themes and debates within multiple academic fields via readings, recordings, and films. Mr. Rios.

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

Not Offered in 2009/10.

[ 260b. 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 2009/10b: Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Food. 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.

Topic for 2009/10b: The Anthropology of Time. In this course, we examine time as a discourse and organizing practice, and explore how time—in relation to space—is constructed in various cultural contexts. Potential topics we explore are the relationship between time, community building, and political economy. A main objective of the course is also to consider the ways in which discursive conventions around the concept of time become means by which distinctions between western and non-western peoples are created and sustained. This course draws on a range of theoretical perspectives, and ethnographic studies include societies in the Indian Ocean, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Ms. Lowe.

Not offered in 2009/10.

[ 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: Not offered in 2009/10.

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 2009/10.

[ 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: Not offered in 2009/10.

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.

[ 266b. Indigenous and Oppositional Media ](1)

(Same as Media Studies 266) As audiovisual and digital media technologies proliferate and become more accessible globally, they 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, 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.

Alternate years: Not offered in 2009/10.

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. 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.

Not offered in 2009/10.

331a or b. 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 2009/10a: Extinctions in Anthropological Perspective. (Same as Environmental Studies 331a) Mass extinctions have been recognized in the geologic past which can inform our understanding of megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene and recent global faunal extinctions. This course begins by considering whether the "Big 5" mass extinctions are due to "bad genes" or "bad luck," such as results from sea level changes or asteroid impacts, and how the signatures of the events might differ depending on the cause. The course then examines late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions to determine whether they were caused by "bad genes," "bad luck," or people. These extinctions coincide directly and indirectly with the arrival of humans to the Americas, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, but are also correlated with the change in climatic conditions towards the end of the Pleistocene. Finally the course explores the historical archaeology of an array of recent extinctions and the probability that humans have been and continue to be behind a sixth mass extinction. Ms. Pike-Tay.

Topic for 2009/10b: Great Digs! Archaeology and our Understanding of the Past. Archaeologists excavate things, but they are interested in people. What are the analytical and intellectual tools that allow archaeologists to understand the history of human societies? Sites examined to understand the history of archaeological interpretation might include Olduvai Gorge, Great Zimbabwe, Lascaux, Stonehenge, Catal Huyuk, Jericho, Babylon, Harappa, Mohenjo Daro, Zhokoudian, Kow Swamp, Namu, Clovis, Teotihuacan, Tikal, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Koster. 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 2009/10b: Ideology and Language. What is the relationship between theories of ideology and language? Our first task is to excavate and articulate key theories of ideology from the history of Western thought in order to better understand ideology as a multifaceted tool employed to make sense of human sociality. Second, we investigate the matrix between ideology and language as an entry into language ideology, a prevalent theoretical paradigm in the linguistic anthropology of recent decades. Mr. Mercado.

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 2009/10a: Amerindian Religions and Resistance. (Same as Latin American Latino/a Studies 360) The conquest of the Americas was accompanied by various intellectual and sociopolitical projects devised to translate, implant, or impose Christian beliefs in Amerindian societies. This course examines modes of resistance and accommodation, among other indigenous responses, to the introduction of Christianity as part of larger colonial projects. Through a succession of case studies from North America, Mesoamerica, the Caribbean, the Andes, and Paraguay, we analyze the impact of Christian colonial and postcolonial evangelization projects on indigenous languages, religious practices, literary genres, social organization and gender roles, and examine contemporary indigenous religious practices. Mr. Tavárez.

Topic for 2009/10b: Imagining Asia and the Pacific. (Same as Asian Studies 360) Does "the Orient" exist? Is the Pacific really a Paradise? On the other hand, does "the West" exist? If it does, is it the opposite of Paradise? Asia is often imagined as an ancient, complex challenger and the Pacific is often imagined as a simple, idyllic paradise. This course explores Western scholarly images of Asia (East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia) and of the island Pacific. It also traces the impact of Asian and Pacific ideas and institutions on the West. Each time offered, the seminar has at least three foci, on topics such as: Asia, the Pacific and capitalism; Asia, the Pacific and the concept of culture; Asia, the Pacific and the nation-state; Asia, the Pacific and feminism; Asia, the Pacific and knowledge. Ms. Kaplan.

Topic for 2009/10b: Protest and Change: Anthropology of Activism, Organizing and Social Movements. How do people change society? The course examines this question through ethnographic accounts of activism and organizing around the world. Broad topics to be explored include revolutionary movements, nationalist movements, religious millenarianism, labor struggles, and movements addressing gender and sexual rights. Concepts and issues of power, identity, cultural claims, and collective action receive particular attention. Works by both scholars and activists are used. Ms. Varghese.

[ 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 2009/10.

[ 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 2009/10.

[ 363b. 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 2009/10.

[ 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 worldwide. 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.

Not offered in 2009/10.

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.