ANTHRCUL 331 - Kinship, Social Organization, and Society
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Class Misc Info:

Students who have taken ANTHRCUL 222 from Akin should not enroll for this course..

Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Anthropology.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course we will examine anthropological approaches to social relationships, broadly defined, both historically and across the field of anthropology today. We begin with changing perspectives on kinship and marriage, and then turn to gifts and other forms of exchange, relationships to place, and various relational aspects of religion involving rituals, taboos, ancestral spirits, sorcery and witchcraft, and social explanations for misfortune. Throughout the class attention is paid to the importance of identity, interpretive knowledge, moral systems, and metaphor, particularly in contexts of global change and emerging inequalities. Many of the readings are classic anthropological analyses, which will be critiqued and extended in lectures from current anthropological perspectives. Each section of the course builds on those that came before. Ethnographic cases are drawn mostly from Africa and Melanesia.

It is recommended (but not required) that students have had some exposure to anthropology, such as an introductory course. Grading will be based on two exams covering readings and lectures, a short research paper, and participation in weekly discussion sections. There is a coursepack of readings, and one book: Edward Schieffelin, The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1976, republished 2005).

ANTHRCUL 331 - Kinship, Social Organization, and Society
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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Coursepack Location:
Excel Test Preparation (1117 South University)
Any edition of this book is fine to use.
ISBN: 140396789X
The sorrow of the lonely and the burning of the dancers, Author: Edward Schieffelin., Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2nd ed. 2005
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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