ANTHRCUL 658 - Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Section: 002 Form and Interpretation
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
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The dominant analytic framework in social/cultural anthropology over the last thirty years has been “interpretative anthropology”, a framework within which ethnographers build up assemblages of meaning from the evidence of events, usually witnessed ethnographically. A common expository strategy is to begin with an event that stretches the assemblage of generic meanings to their limit, and shows that it can be accounted for by positing a broader set of generic meanings. It privileges explicit local accounts as a guide to extracting general principles from the everyday. And it posits a division between language and the rest of culture, which touch each other on only rare occasions. The purpose of this course is to provide an alternative framework (and by extension, an alternative approach to culture), one that starts from formal patterning to posit tacit local processes of interpretation. Readings are drawn from recent scholarship in anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, literary criticism, musicology, and art history.

ANTHRCUL 658 - Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
Th 2:30PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
5Graduate Standing
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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