ANTHRCUL 558 - Current Issues in Sociocultural Anthropology
Section: 002 Actor Network Theory
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
400-level coursework in Anthropology; and graduate standing.
May be repeated for credit.
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Actor-network theory (ANT) originated in the field of science studies, but its distinctive theoretical and methodological approach is increasingly found throughout the social sciences. ANT challenges assumptions and practices that have informed both philosophy and a range of social sciences, as well as common sense notions about modernity, knowledge, and reality. Theoretically, the seminar will articulate actor-network theory with various traditions of social theory and philosophy including pragmatism, process philosophy, ethnomethodology, and postructualism. Methodologically, we will focus on how we might define actor-networks and go about studying them. In addition to key writings by the central figures of ANT, Bruno Latour and Michel Callon, we will read works by Whitehead, Dewey, Garfinkel, and Foucault. We will then move on to consider works that explicitly or implicitly draw upon actor-network theory ethnographically. The goal is to get a broad overview of what might be done concretely with ANT ideas across a wide domain of issues. These range from studies of particular technologies to biomedical disease, from the economic market to globalizing social movements, from a revised nature to an equally revised society, from classification practices to state institutions. In the last weeks of the semester, seminar members will consider how they might use insights from the readings in their own projects.

ANTHRCUL 558 - Current Issues in Sociocultural Anthropology
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: (Meets with Anthrcul 202)
002 (SEM)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (SEM)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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