ANTHRCUL 331 - Kinship, Social Organization, and Society
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Anthropology.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this course we 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 are 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.

Besides articles and book chapters, we will read three books: Ladislav Holy’s Anthropological Perspectives on Kinship; Edward Schieffelin’s, The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers (any edition); and Peter Geschiere’s Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust: Africa in Comparison.

Course Requirements:

Grading will be based on two exams covering readings and lectures, and a short research paper.

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ANTHRCUL 331 - Kinship, Social Organization, and Society
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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