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ANTHRO 334A: A Family Romance: The Family in Contemporary Society

"The family" is considered one of the most universal structures of human life. The study of kinship has wandered off anthropological syllabi just as it assumes ever greater significance within contemporary (often dystopic) political debates on the societies produced by different kinds of families. This course explores, cross-culturally and historically, how particular models and ideologies of ideal family structure and form have come to dominate and reshape society. We focus particularly on the importance of ideologies of kinship and family within moral imaginations, as well as the inevitable impossible nature of the emotional and material obligations placed by such ideologies. Firstly, the course will ask whether kinship structures are distinct structures of recognition that generate their own ambivalence, anxiety, and comfort. We will focus this through discussing the relationship of kinship to gender roles and ideologies. Secondly, it will locate how talking, thinking, doing and ima more »
"The family" is considered one of the most universal structures of human life. The study of kinship has wandered off anthropological syllabi just as it assumes ever greater significance within contemporary (often dystopic) political debates on the societies produced by different kinds of families. This course explores, cross-culturally and historically, how particular models and ideologies of ideal family structure and form have come to dominate and reshape society. We focus particularly on the importance of ideologies of kinship and family within moral imaginations, as well as the inevitable impossible nature of the emotional and material obligations placed by such ideologies. Firstly, the course will ask whether kinship structures are distinct structures of recognition that generate their own ambivalence, anxiety, and comfort. We will focus this through discussing the relationship of kinship to gender roles and ideologies. Secondly, it will locate how talking, thinking, doing and imagining how people are 'properly' related to each other (as well as potential transgressions) are central to imaginations of the social itself. This will also initiate a larger debate on the nature of social change. Thirdly, the course will give students a precise and calibrated entry point into the debates around kinship from the perspective of three differing disciplines, social history, psychoanalysis, and anthropology. Prerequisites: By instructor consent. Significant work outside of class time is expected of the student in this course
Terms: Aut | Units: 5

ANTHRO 337: VOICES

This course takes an anthropological perspective on psychotic voices, voices of resistance (mad and sane), voices of authority, voices of spirit, the sense of communication from another seen or unseen. We end with the writer's voice and how students can cultivate their own voice. We read first person examples and a range of theory, including Bakhtin, Lacan, Willy Apollon, Piaget and Vygotsky, and Elyn Saks, Zora Neale Hurston, Zadie Smith and EB White. Texts may shift depending on student input.Prerequisite: Instructor approval
Last offered: Autumn 2020

ANTHRO 338A: Policing and the Carceral State

Police in the United States have come under greater public scrutiny in recent years, particularly as cell-phone videos make visible abuses by police, prompting nation-wide protests for social justice, police reform, and abolition. Increased scholarly attention to the police centers on racial profiling, `broken windows' policing strategies and mass incarceration, the surveillance state, and violent policing of political protests. While police represent state authority, ordinary policing practices are notoriously difficult to study, thereby eliding variable conditions and contradictions. This course interrogates policing and the carceral state by focusing on the purpose of the police, quotidian policing practices, and territorial control in diverse U.S. and global contexts. Course readings emphasize ethnographies of policing, along with key texts from critical geography and legal studies, to elucidate multiple topographies of policing, control, and neglect at work in governing contemporary societies. Prerequisites: By instructor consent. Significant work outside of class time is expected of the student in this course
Terms: Win | Units: 5

ANTHRO 338B: History and Memory

How are history and memory important in the making of collective and public memory? This seminar draws together an interdisciplinary collection of readings with an aim to provide a foundation for seminar participants¿ projects, both historical and contemporary projects. We will explore critiques of the practice of gathering material, i.e., archival and oral histories as well as delve into experimental forms that combine improvisational approaches to history and critique in an effort to develop a methodological tool kit that allows for a push beyond established projects.
Last offered: Winter 2018

ANTHRO 339: Anthropology of Religion (RELIGST 343X)

This course presents classic and contemporary work on the anthropology of religion: Durkheim Elementary Forms of the Religious Life; Levy-Bruhl; Primitive Mentality; Douglas Purity and Danger; Evans Pritchard Nuer Religion; and recent ethnographies/scholarly work by Robbins, Keane, Keller, Boyer, Barrett, and others. Prerequisite: consent of instructor
Last offered: Spring 2020

ANTHRO 343: Culture as Commodity

Cultural anthropologists have made significant contributions to studies that link culture and economy. Drawing together a range of cross-cultural debates, as these emerge in theoretical discussions and ethnographies, this graduate seminar explores themes that include value, property, cultural production, and consumption.
Last offered: Autumn 2021

ANTHRO 345: New Visions in Medical Anthropology

Recent experimental histories of the field. Emphasis is on how, working within anthropology's classic format, the ethnographic monograph, authors have innovatively responded to the challenges of representing amorphous, unspoken, and often violent relationships between the body and social change. The authors' expository techniques, and how they engage and extend theoretical debate. How to assess works within medical anthropology and its allied fields. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Last offered: Winter 2018

ANTHRO 345A: Race and Power: The Making of Human Difference in History, Biology and Capital

This course examines how race is made. We will pay close attention to how people engage with material, economic, scientific, and cultural forces to articulate human group difference as a given, and even natural. In this seminar, we will look at the reality of race as a literally constructed phenomenon, where historical, colonial, bodily, market, penal, and humanitarian constituent elements both circulate and sediment racial understandings. To focus our readings and discussions we will divide this vast terrain into three units: race and the colonial encounter, race and biopower, and race in systems of capital accumulation.
Last offered: Spring 2022

ANTHRO 347A: Global Heritage, Religion and Secularism

This course examines the ways in which religion and spirituality have been addressed in heritage preservation history, discourse, and practice. Readings will focus on the convergence of religious and heritage traditions at differenthistorical and cultural moments in order to chart the legacies that inform a critical study of heritage into the 1990s. This seminar prepares students to assess the instruments and ideologies that conform contemporary practices of heritagepreservation in light of recent institutional interest in religion, and highlights the obstacles that the field is yet to overcome theoretically and methodologically. Prerequisite: consent of instructor
Last offered: Autumn 2021

ANTHRO 348A: Health, Politics, and Culture of Modern China

One of the most generative regions for medical anthropology inquiry in recent years has been Asia. This seminar is designed to introduce upper division undergraduates and graduate students to the methodological hurdles, representational challenges, and intellectual rewards of investigating the intersections of health, politics, and culture in contemporary China.
Last offered: Spring 2018
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