EAST ASIAN SOCIETIES AND CULTURES
Myron L. Cohen
Department of Anthropology
This course is a survey of social and cultural patterns in the East Asian societies of China , Japan , Korea and Vietnam . Emphasis is on the shared traditions that define East Asia as a culture area, on the growing involvement of East Asia and its component societies with the forces associated with cultural, social and political “globalization” historically and during recent decades, and on the particular characteristics of each society. Among the topics we consider with reference to these societies are local-level social organization and social change, the relationship between local communities and the nation as a whole, and globalization's impact at the local level.
Course Requirements :
There will be an in-class midterm and a take-home final examination. Both will cover classroom lectures and the assigned readings.
Lecture Topics and Reading Assignments:
September 6, 8: Introduction: The Societies of East Asia
September 13, 15: China : Overview
Reading : Cohen, chs. 1-3
September 20, 22: China : Family and kinship
Reading : Cohen, chs. 4-7; Ikels, chs 1-4
September 27, 29: China : Rural Society
Reading : Cohen, chs. 8-9; Huang
October 4: China : Urban Society
Reading : Zhang; Ikels, chs. 5-6
October 6, 11: China : Religion and Ideology
October 13: The “Other Chinas”: Taiwan and Hong Kong
Reading : Adrian
October 18: MIDTERM EXAMINATION
October 20, 25: Japan : Overview
Reading : Hendry
October 27: Japan: Family and Kinship
Reading : Ikels, chs. 9-11.
November 1: Japan: Rural Society
Reading : Bernstein
November 3: Japan: Urban Society
Reading : Bestor
November 10: Japan: Religion
November 15: Korea : Overview
November 17: Korea : Family, Kinship, Religion
Reading : Janelli & Janelli; Ikels, ch. 7.
November 22: Korea : Rural Society
November 29: Korea : Urban Society
Reading : Kendall; Ikels, ch. 8.
December 1, 6: Vietnam : Culture, Society and State
Reading : Malarney
December 8: East Asian Societies: Unity and Diversity in Traditional Cultures and in Modern Social Change .
Reading : Watson