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Fall 2020 Anthropology UN2004 section 001
INTRO TO SOC & CULTURAL THEORY
INTRO TO SOC & CULTURAL T

Call Number 10790
Day & Time
Location
MW 1:10pm-2:25pm
ONLINE ONLY
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor John Pemberton
Type LECTURE
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description This course presents students with crucial theories of society, paying particular attention at the outset to classic social theory of the early 20th century. It traces a trajectory of writings essential for an understanding of the social: from Saussure, Durkheim, Mauss, Weber, and Marx, on to the structuralist ethnographic elaboration of Claude Levi-Strauss and the historiographic reflections on modernity of Michel Foucault. We revisit periodically, writings from Franz Boas, founder of anthropology in the United States (and of Anthropology at Columbia), for a sense of origins, an early anthropological critique of racism and cultural chauvinism, and a prescient denunciation of fascism.  We turn as well, also with ever-renewed interest in these times, to the expansive critical thought of W. E. B. Du Bois.  We conclude with Kathleen Stewart’s A Space on the Side of the Road--an ethnography of late-twentieth-century Appalachia and the haunted remains of coal-mining country--with its depictions of an uncanny otherness within dominant American narratives. 
Web Site Vergil
Department Anthropology
Enrollment 43 students (60 max) as of 9:05PM Friday, January 15, 2021
Subject Anthropology
Number UN2004
Section 001
Division Interschool
Campus Morningside
Section key 20203ANTH2004V001

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