Classes

ANTHRO2628 Ethnographic Methods for Anthropological Research

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

Professor: Theodore Bestor

This course will review methods used by contemporary anthropologists conducting ethnographic research. Special focus of the course will be on ethnographic interviewing. Will also consider such topics as use of visual material, mixed methods linking qualitative, quantitative and ethnographic material, and approaches to data analysis. Course will include observational and interviewing exercises.

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ANTHRO1936 Anthropology of Religion

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

Professor Anya Bernstein

What happened to religion in the modern world? We start off by exploring traditional anthropological themes, such as animism, magic, and ritual, while paying particular attention to the classic secularization thesis advanced by social scientists. We will then focus on the crucial contemporary issues, such as debates on secularism and blasphemy, religion and sexuality, globalization and commodification of religion, links between religion, science and technology, millennial movements, “new age" spirituality, and the role religious practices...

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ANTHRO 2614 Sexuality and Political Economy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

Professor: George Paul Meiu

This seminar explores the complex links between sexuality, capitalism and power. Sexuality has

long represented a central domain for the creation and contestation of subjects and sovereignties,

labor and capital, relatedness and belonging, desire and development, security and violence. With

the publication of Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality (1976), the role of...

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ANTHRO A2650 History and Theory of Social Anthropology - Proseminar

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Professor: Mary Steedly

The Proseminar in Social Anthropology is a two-semester course required for all first-year Social Anthropology graduate students.  It provides an introductory overview of some of the major concepts and methods of modern social theory as these have been reflected in the field of social/cultural anthropology.  While emphasis will be placed on contemporary developments in the discipline, we will also trace the intellectual genealogies of key concepts and epistemological principles.  For the fall 2015 semester, the course will...

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ANTHRO A2670 Nationalism and Cultural Intimacy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Professor: Michael Herzfeld

Theories of nationalism usually address the phenomenon from the perspectives of the elites that create its ideology and specific form.  Anthropologists, long suspicion of such “top-down” approaches, prefer to tackle nationalism as it plays out in social life, albeit at multiple levels.  We will examine some of the most popular approaches and explore ways of filling the gaps from the perspective of anthropological field research, examining the play of official ideology and familiar practices (“what everyone knows”) in a wide...

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ANTHRO A2670 Nationalism and Cultural Intimacy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Professor: Michael Herzfeld

Theories of nationalism usually address the phenomenon from the perspectives of the elites that create its ideology and specific form.  Anthropologists, long suspicion of such “top-down” approaches, prefer to tackle nationalism as it plays out in social life, albeit at multiple levels.  We will examine some of the most popular approaches and explore ways of filling the gaps from the perspective of anthropological field research, examining the play of official ideology and familiar practices (“what everyone knows”) in a wide...

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ANTHRO 1654 Global Political Ecology

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Professor: Anand Vaidya

Despite enormous scientific and political efforts, scientists and activists have found themselves unable to bring about the political changes that might reverse climate change and environmental degradation. The degradation of earth’s environment has been caused by humans, but somehow humans have not able to stop or reverse the social processes that cause this degradation. This seminar examines case studies of environmental degradation at multiple scales, from superfund sites in Massachusetts to deforestation in the Amazon to global...

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ANTHRO 1732 China Through Ethnography and Film - Problems of Globalization and Governance

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Professor: Susan Greenhalgh

Description

The rapid rise of China on the global stage is one of the most important developments of our time. Under the slogan “reform and opening up,” an ambitious party-state has sought to remake the economy and society so as to propel the nation to global prominence and power. For anthropologists, these developments pose critical questions of governance and power. With China’s entry into global economic, social, and scientific circuits, who is governing China’s society, through what logics and techniques, and...

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