Anthropology in Historical Perspective
- Robert Launay - 847/491-4841 - 1810 Hinman Ave., Room #205, EV Campus
- ANTHRO Sem Rm 104 - 1810 Hinmn - TuTh 11:00AM - 12:20PM
- Rather than attempting the impossible--an overview of the whole history of the discipline of anthropology-this course will focus on one particular problem: the relationship between theory and ethnographic description in cultural Anthropology. The course will attempt to survey the development
of certain schools of thought in the discipline since the mid-nineteenth century: evolutionism; historical particularism; structural-functionalism; culture and personality; cultural materialism; interpretive anthropology.
In order to examine the ways in which each of these theoretical approaches affects the ways in which anthropologists choose to describe what they observe, the class will read a series of ethnographies (or excerpts from larger works) written at different times from different points of view.
- Lectures will alternate with class discussions. Lectures will trace the broad outlines of the development of the discipline, placing the readings within the context of contemporary anthropological ideas as well as broader trends in European and American society and thought. Class discussions will focus on weekly reading assignments.
- There will be three short (5-10 page) papers. Participation in class discussion will be considered an integral part of the class. There will be no exams.
- 1) Malinowski, Argonauts of the W. Pacific;
2) Morgan, Ancient Society;
3) E.E. Evans-Pritchard, The Nuer;
4) Margaret Mead, Coming of Age in Samoa;
5) Launay, Foundations of Anthropological Theory.
- Required of all anthropology majors.
- No P/N option for this section
Overview of class
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