Grounding the Global: Anthropological Approaches

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

Teaching Fellow

Instructor:

Ieva Jusionyte (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University)

Course Introduction:

How does social anthropology - the study and representation of contemporary societies through fieldwork and ethnographic writing - critically and constructively intervene in the contemporary world? This course shows the value of anthropological perspective (with its emphases on cultural particularity and everyday experience) for understanding global issues such as transnational migration and the building of border walls; urban marginality, poverty, violence and creative resistance to structures that enforce inequality; environmental concerns, such as water sustainability, and how it is built into city space and urban design, and the politics of crime – its quantification, representation, and effects on social life in the U.S. as well as abroad.