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Fall Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Cultural Anthropology


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


ANTHRCUL 101. Introduction to Anthropology.

Introductory Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kelly M Askew (kaskew@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (R&E). Does not count toward anthropology concentration requirements.

R&E

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/anthrcul/101/001.nsf

This introductory course exposes and explores the structures of inquiry characteristic of anthropology and surveys the field's four subdisciplines (biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology), providing a first glimpse of the field's overall context, history, present status, and importance. The principal aim of the course is to help students develop a coherent view of the essential concepts, structures, and intellectual methods that typify the discipline. It stresses unifying principles that link the subdisciplines and thereby create anthropology's comprehensive, holistic world view. It teaches students various ways of learning and thinking about the world's many designs for living in time and space. It prepares them to integrate and interpret information, to evaluate conflicting claims about human nature and diversity, and to think critically.

Topics covered include: the nature of culture; human genetics, evolution and the fossil record; the concept of race; primate (monkey and ape) behavior; language and culture; systems of marriage, kinship and family organization; sex-gender roles; economics, politics, and religion in global perspective; the cultural dimension of economic development and contemporary social change, and the emergence of a world system. Required readings come from one introductory text and additional paperbacks. Lecture and discussion/recitation. Two objective exams (multiple choice and true or false questions) cover the two halves of the course. The second exam is given on the last day of class. There is no final exam and no term paper. Section leaders require quizzes and perhaps a short paper.

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ANTHRCUL 101. Introduction to Anthropology.

Introductory Courses

Section 026.

Instructor(s): Holly Peters-Golden (hollypet@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (R&E). Does not count toward anthropology concentration requirements.

R&E

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/anthrcul/101/026.nsf

This introductory course exposes and explores the structures of inquiry characteristic of anthropology and surveys the field's four subdisciplines (biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology), providing a first glimpse of the field's overall context, history, present status, and importance. The principal aim of the course is to help students develop a coherent view of the essential concepts, structures, and intellectual methods that typify the discipline. It stresses unifying principles that link the subdisciplines and thereby create anthropology's comprehensive, holistic world view. It teaches students various ways of learning and thinking about the world's many designs for living in time and space. It prepares them to integrate and interpret information, to evaluate conflicting claims about human nature and diversity, and to think critically.

Topics covered include: the nature of culture; human genetics, evolution and the fossil record; the concept of race; primate (monkey and ape) behavior; language and culture; systems of marriage, kinship and family organization; sex-gender roles; economics, politics, and religion in global perspective; the cultural dimension of economic development and contemporary social change, and the emergence of a world system. Required readings come from one introductory text and additional paperbacks. Lectures and discussion-recitation. Two objective exams (multiple choice and true or false questions) cover the two halves of the course. The second exam is given on the last day of class. There will be four short papers due in section, and section leaders may have other requirements.

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ANTHRCUL 256 / ENVIRON 256 / NRE 256. Culture, Adaptation, and Environment.

Introductory Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Stuart Kirsch (skirsch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/anthrcul/256/001.nsf

See Environment 256.001.

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ANTHRCUL 258. Honors Seminar in Cultural Anthropology.

Museum, Honors, Reading, Research, and Field Courses

Section 001 Culture and Medicine. (Honors).

Instructor(s): Holly Peters-Golden (hollypet@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Admission to the College Honors Program. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In this seminar, we will examine the ways in which health and illness are both constructed out of, and interpreted within, cultural settings. Focusing on Western biomedicine, we will discuss a broad range of illness experiences from schizophrenia to cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder to asthma, Tourette's to Alzheimer's, among others to address a number of questions currently central to medical anthropology. Topics may include (but will not be limited to) the meaning and alteration of self and personhood in illness; the ways in which medical knowledge is produced and imagined, the culture of science and technology, immunity and risk, illness narrative, and social and historical views of the body. Classes will be largely discussion based, with students expected to prepare for active participation and leadership in discussion. By keeping enrollment small, I hope we will be able to include students' suggestions for additional topics to explore.

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ANTHRCUL 302. Sex and Gender in Japan.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001 Meets with Women's Studies 253.002.

Instructor(s): Jennifer E Robertson (jennyrob@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is an exploration of the relationship among sex, gender, and sexuality in Japanese culture and society, past and present. Following a brief introduction to both Japan and key theoretical concepts, we will examine critically the various values, norms, and myths invented, evoked, and perpetuated to valorize and/or to censure various sex and gender roles and modes of sexuality in Japan, including same-sex sexual practices and identities. By the same token, we will also consider how sex, gender, and sexuality can be interpreted, performed, and manipulated either to enforce or to subvert the status quo sometimes at the same time. Our exploration is organized along more or less chronological and historical lines and covers topics ranging from kinship, marriage, mythology, colonialism, militarization, race and ethnicity, sex workers in wartime and peacetime, work and play, sports, gay and lesbian life and politics, and images of sexuality in the mass media. Apart from completing the readings for each class meeting, students are responsible for class discussions, an essay-style midterm exam, an eight-page paper, and an essay-style final examination.

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ANTHRCUL 309. Anthropology of Europe.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Janet Carol Hart (janeth@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing; introductory anthropology recommended. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course will examine studies, issues and debates in the vast field of European ethnology. Key concerns will be: what are the boundaries of European anthropology and a concept called "Europe"? How have anthropologists made intellectual decisions in the midst of global and local transformations, and given the explosion of cross-cultural interactions in and around the continent? Can we talk about a tradition of European anthropology and any kind of common identity among its practitioners? [Witness the active existence of such organizations as the European Association of Social Anthropologists]. Are European anthropologists necessarily European? Does the region studied have to be formally designated as Europe? What kinds of regional hierarchies exist within the discipline of anthropology? Finally, how do recent shifting identities, outbreaks of hate-mongering in parts of Europe, and so-called postmodern and postcolonial problems affect anthropological practices in the region? These and many other problems of European identity and culture will be discussed in this seminar. Grades will be based on class attendance and participation, successful completion of readings, a term paper and two take-home exams.

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ANTHRCUL 314 / AMCULT 313. Cuba and its Diaspora.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001 A weekly two hour film screening is required, Monday 4-6pm or 6-8pm.

Instructor(s): Ruth Behar (rbehar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing R&E

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/anthrcul/314/001.nsf

This course examines Cuban history, literature, and culture since the Revolution both on the island and in the United States diaspora. In political and cultural essays, personal narratives, fiction, poetry, drama, visual art and film, we will seek a comprehensive and diverse view of how Cubans and Cuban-Americans understand their situation as people of the same nation divided for thirty-five years by the Cold War, revolution, and exile. Topics will include: discussions of race, ethnicity and intolerance in the context of Cuba and the diaspora, the meaning of diasporas in the twentieth century, Fidel Castro and the making of the Cuban Revolution, masculinity and gay sexuality in the Revolution and Cuban diaspora, women's dreams, everyday life under communism, Afrocuban culture and religion, the Cuban arts movement, and the construction and deconstruction of exile identity. We will read and discuss the writings of Fidel Castro, Oscar Hijuelos, Edmundo Desnoes, Reinaldo Arenas, Lourdes Casal, Senel Paz, Dolores Prida, and Carmelita Tropicana, among others, and view major Cuban feature and documentary films.

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ANTHRCUL 315 / AMCULT 316. Native American Peoples of North America.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gerald L Carr (glcarr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS). (R&E).

Upper-Level Writing R&E

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/anthrcul/315/001.nsf

Far from being an homogeneous ethnicity, Native America is a mosaic of nations united by their minoritization in modern America. Through the voices emanating from hundreds of tribal localities we hear the wisdom of tradition and the challenges of contemporary life. By listening to these voices, rather than those who would speak for them, we can gain a stronger understanding of the ethnoscapes of Native America.

In this writing-intensive course, we will bring anthropological understanding to bear on the real complexities of socio-cultural life in these communities. Through the guided exploration of a wide array of Native American media, we will analyze the issues and challenges faced by these peoples, and the imagined communities that arise. We will ask, and discover, how personal and tribal identities are being produced and reproduced, how the past is being re-written, and how the future is being envisioned. In short, how contemporary Native Americans conceptualize their living culture. This course satisfies both the Upper-Level Writing Requirement and the Race and Ethnicity Requirement.

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ANTHRCUL 319. Latin American Society and Culture.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David L Frye (dfrye@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

R&E

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~dfrye/lasc-02.htm

Latin America is a vast and varied region, with more than twenty countries spread over once and a half continents and more than 500 years of history. In this course we will examine the cultures and societies of contemporary Latin America. We will cultivate an awareness of the particularities of local ways of life, while searching for shared themes and histories that in some ways unite the many societies of this vast region. Some of the topics that we will cover are: race, ethnicity, and national identity; indigenous rights; religion and religous change; gender issues; class and economic development; and immigrant communities within Latin America. As a student, you will be expected to keep up with the reading, which will be heavy at times; participate actively in class discussions; and do independent research for a final paper or project. By the end of this course you should have a grasp of the various countries and regions that make up Latin America; the most important social divisions within those regions; and the nature of current developments in Latin American societies.

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ANTHRCUL 333. Non-Western Legal Systems, I.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Maxwell K Owusu (omk@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The nature, function, and development of law. Law and society. Problems of social control: why is law obeyed in societies without courts and in societies with courts. Dispute settlement procedures and the judicial process; civil and criminal law; principles of liability for legal wrongs; women, class and community; the impact of Western law on customary, tribal, or aboriginal law. Case studies from Africa, Middle East, Asia, Europe, the Americas. A good introduction to comparative law from an anthropological perspective. Requirements: four 3-5 page papers, or three 6-8 page student papers. Lecture/discussion format.

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ANTHRCUL 346(416) / HISTORY 347. Latin America: The Colonial Period.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001 Meets with History 478.001.

Instructor(s): Rebecca J Scott (rjscott@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

R&E

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/history/347/001.nsf

See History 347.001.

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ANTHRCUL 374(472) / LING 374. Language and Culture.

Linguistic Anthropology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Webb Keane (wkeane@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (4). (HU).

Credits: (4; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course explores the wide variety of ways in which language and culture are related to one another. Since language reflects cultural patterns and values, it offers powerful insights into the meaningful worlds in which people live, think, and act. Being a medium for communication, expressiveness, and interaction, language also plays a crucial role in cultural and social change.

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ANTHRCUL 398. Honors in Cultural Anthropology.

Museum, Honors, Reading, Research, and Field Courses

Section 001 Honors Ethnology.

Instructor(s): Julie A Skurski (skurski@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/anthrcul/398/001.nsf

This honors course sequence in cultural anthropology is designed for undergraduate anthropology concentrators who are specializing in cultural anthropology and have applied for senior honors in the Department of Anthropology. This course is divided into two parts. In the Fall Term, the students will meet once a week in seminar to read and discuss a selection of significant monographs and papers in ethnology, and a selection of writings on fieldwork methods and research strategies in ethnology. This seminar provides background for the students to define their own senior honors thesis project. By the end of the term, the students will have decided on a project, and begun preliminary work on it. In consultation with the honors advisor the student may request any member of the Anthropology Department to serve as a main thesis advisor or second reader. In the Winter Term, the students will convene periodically in seminar with the honors advisor to discuss their research projects and get feedback from the group, as well as staying in contact with the honors advisor and second reader. By the end of the term, each student should have completed the research and write-up for their thesis so that they can make a formal summary presentation of it for the group. Original field research or library work may be used for honors projects.

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ANTHRCUL 414 / CAAS 444. Introduction to Caribbean Societies and Cultures, I.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Maxwell K Owusu (omk@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course provides an introduction to the peoples and cultures of the Caribbean. Topics covered include: the historical origins of the social structure and social organization of contemporary Caribbean states; family and kinship; religion, race, class, ethnicity, and national identity; Caribbean immigration; politics and policies of socioeconomic change. The course is open to both anthropology concentrators and non-concentrators. Films and videos on the Caribbean will be shown when available. Requirements: four 3-5 page typewritten papers, which ask students to synthesize reading and lecture materials; participation in class discussions; regular class attendance.

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ANTHRCUL 425. Evolution of War and Peace in Unstratified Societies.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Raymond C Kelly (rck@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course explores the origins of war and the early evolutionary development of war alliance and peace-making. It examines the conditions under which warfare is initiated in sociocultural contexts where it did not previously exist and elucidates the origin of war in that sense. The course begins with a delineation of the distinctive characteristics of peaceful (or warless) societies that represent both a prior sociocultural disposition and the context in which primal warfare arises and takes shape. Consideration of peaceful societies illuminates certain key features of the transition from warlessness to warfare and provides a basis for identifying transitional cases. These sociocultural systems exemplify the causes, conduct, and consequences of nascent and early warfare. The subsequent co-evolution of war and pre-state societies is traced, including the development of alliance and peacemaking. Format: lecture and discussion. Requirements: substantial term paper and presentation.

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ANTHRCUL 438. Urban Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Janet Carol Hart (janeth@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

What characterizes life in an urban society? What are the common features and/or variations between urban societies situated in different cultural and historical contexts? In addressing such questions, this course will be organized around two broad concerns:

  1. the anthropology of cities: the main factors shaping the nature of urban life, the historical emergence of urban forms, and different forms of urbanism and
  2. anthropology in cities: examining themes such as social networks, class, gender, idioms of identity, and the status of institutions, with reference to specific ethnographic accounts.

Topics will be addressed through lectures and classroom discussion and will be based on the reading of required texts. Assessment will be based on two take-home exams.

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ANTHRCUL 447. Culture, Racism, and Human Nature.

Ethnology-Theory/Method

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Melvin D Williams (mddoublu@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in the social sciences. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines the possible origins of culture to understand the unique behavior and historical development of Homo sapiens and traces the salient features of human history and contemporary modernity to discuss and explain the nature of humans. The understanding of the nature of humans and their development will enable the students to comprehend, explain and resolve racism, part of a pan-human phenomenon. Is racism fundamental to the character of human culture? The course will suggest that many of our modern social problems have a common generation the nature of human culture. That would suggest that the solutions will require a social transformation in the character of human culture. These examinations of human culture will require us to return to the discussions of Leslie White (culture is autonomous) and Alfred Kroeber (culture is superorganic) to determine the possibilities of social transformations that contemporary society may require.

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ANTHRCUL 453 / CAAS 454. African-American Culture.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Melvin D Williams (mddoublu@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in the social sciences. CAAS 201 recommended. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines the Afro-American as one example of how humans live. It places distinctive Black behavior within its social context and its history. It reminds of middle-class Jews in Nazi Germany who believed that success would make you full citizens. It ponders that great (although restricted) contributions that African Americans have made to white identity, the U.S. nation and economy, fashion, youth rebellion, gay and women's rights, and entertainment. An understanding of African Americans enlightens the nature of systemic oppression and explains the anomalies of Native America, Jack Johnson, Paul Robeson, Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Venus Williams, W. Arthur Lewis, Toni Morrison, Ralph Bunche, E. Franklin Frazier and many others. This course looks at the future of African-Americans in a millennium in which the memory of their oppressions and reparations seem lost.

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ANTHRCUL 458. Topics in Cultural Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001 Nautical Archeology. Meets with ANTHRARC 683.001

Instructor(s): John O'Shea (joshea@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ANTHRCUL 486 / ACABS 488. Archaeology of Ancient Mesopotamia.

Archaeology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Geoffrey Alan Emberling

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/acabs/488/001.nsf

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 488.001.

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ANTHRCUL 499. Undergraduate Reading and Research in Anthropology.

Museum, Honors, Reading, Research, and Field Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). A maximum of three credits of independent reading may be included in a concentration plan in anthropology. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. Ordinarily available only to students with background in anthropology.

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ANTHRCUL 519 / LING 517 / GERMAN 517. Principles and Methods of Historical Linguistics.

Linguistic Anthropology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sarah G Thomason (thomason@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing, or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Linguistics 517.001.

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ANTHRCUL 553. Blurred Genres: Autobiography, Fiction & Ethnography.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ruth Behar (rbehar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: 400-level coursework in Anthropology. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Where does the story of the observer end and the story of the observed begin? Autobiography, ethnography, and fiction share a concern with constructing meaningful representations of the self and of the other in narrative form. This course will focus on the history, politics, and possibilities of interconnecting autobiography, ethnography, and fiction. We will read widely in a variety of ethnographic, fictional, and autobiographic genres, including literary journalism, autobiographic ethnography, feminist ethnography, fieldwork accounts, the memoir, autobiographical criticism, family stories, and fiction that uses first-person voices. Our theoretical aim will be to gain an understanding of our current historical moment as one in which writers both inside and outside of the academy are pursuing intersecting trajectories in their use of the personal voice to explore the social world. We will consider the recent "memoir boom" and its impact on the academy as well as the academy's impact on its flourishing. We will also consider gender differences in the use of the personal voice, exploring the fine line that distinguishes "reflexive" (often coded as "male") and "confessional" (often coded as "female") writing within anthropology. And we will ask what anthropology, as a personal act of witnessing scripted in diverse genres, means at the end of the century. Our practical aim will be to gain expertise in the analysis and use of a range of textual strategies, including monologue, dialogue, first person narrative, third person narrative, flashback, different methods of quoting or paraphrasing "informants," and descriptive accounts of other places, times, and subjectivities.

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ANTHRCUL 576. Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology.

Linguistic Anthropology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bruce Mannheim (mannheim@umich.edu), Judith Irvine (jti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in anthropology or biology. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/anthrcul/576/001.nsf

This course is an intensive introduction to theoretical issues in linguistics of special relevance to anthropologists, most of whose primary interests are outside of language. Think of language as a special kind of semiotic or cultural system. Our subject matter, then, consists of ways of approaching its formal description and the general issues (for the most part, about the nature of culture) that are raised by those approaches. Several such issues will continually crop up:

  1. The nature of cultural patterning, its representation by members of a culture, and the means we use to describe it; is it possible to understand cultural patterning from the outside? How does our point of view change in the course of analysis?
  2. The possibility of cross-cultural comparison and typology using culturally-meaningful (or "emic") patterns as a basis; can general "laws of structure" of cultural form be constructed from descriptions of particular cultural systems?
  3. Are there true universals of culture? If universals do exist, what is their basis? Are they biologically determined, determined by the nature of the cultural code, or some combination of the two? What evidence is required to make sense of the question?
  4. What does it mean for individuals to share a culture? Does "sharing a culture" require collective representations? Are there any?

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ANTHRCUL 578. Monographs in the Ethnography of Speaking.

Linguistic Anthropology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Judith T Irvine (jti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ANTHRCUL 576. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with some major book-length works in the ethnography of speaking i.e., works that take an ethnographic approach to language, with a focus on speaking as social action. Readings will range from studies that approach language ethnographically to studies that approach ethnography through linguistic practices. Several different theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and kinds of ethnographic settings will be represented. By examining detailed field studies, both classic and recent, we will consider ways in which ethnographers have drawn on linguistic evidence to make inferences about social relations and cultural patterns; similarly, we will consider ways in which social relations have offered evidence about language. In reading monograph-length studies, we will take the opportunity to consider the monograph itself as a genre of ethnographic representation, and to consider the ways in which insights about linguistic practices can be used to develop fine-grained and complex social analyses. Requirements include several short writing assignments, class participation, and a final paper. Prerequisite: Anthropology 576 or two courses in formal linguistics.

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