Social-Cultural-Linguistic Anthropology Lectures & Readings

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Make sure that you do these readings before the lecture each week.

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Lecture notes and questions will be available after each lecture, ON PORTAL.

Winter Term

Socio-Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology

January 12 - Culture, Difference, Prejudice

Readings

  • None.

January 19- Signifying Reality

Readings

January 26 - Constructing Reality

Readings

  • None.
  • Recommended preparation: Browse the internet to try to get a rough understanding of Jacques Lacan's notion of the real, the imaginary, and the symbolic.

Reread last week's reading if necessary. Read ahead for the next lecture.

February 2 - Religion

Readings

  • J.D. Eller, Cultural Anthropology,: Chapter 10 (236-266 in the print version) (You don't have to buy this book. You may go to the library site and enter "Eller Cultural Anthropology" and follow from there to the online version. The teaching team is not available for techncial advice on how to find the online reading, but librarians can help. )

February 9 - The Nation and Other Forms of Depoliticized Identity

Readings

  • J.D. Eller, Cultural Anthropology,: Chapter 13 (You don't have to buy this book. You may go to the library site and enter "Eller Cultural Anthropology" and follow from there to the online version. The teaching team is not available for techncial advice on how to find the online reading, but librarians can help. )

February 16 - Universals and Particulars of Language and Culture. Moral Issues in Field Work

Readings

February 23 - Reading Week

March 2 - Relatedness

Kinship. Marriage. Descent. Residence. Commensality. Imagined Communities.

Readings

  • BBC podcast, The Why Factor, episode: "Accents." (You can find this podcast online, via iTunes. Alternatively, find the episode on the BBC web site and listen to it online. Here is a file on how to study from podcasts and videocasts.)
  • Eller: Chapter 8 (179-206 in the print version). (You don't have to buy this book. You may go to the library site and enter "Eller Cultural Anthropology" and follow from there to the online version. The teaching team is not available for techncial advice on how to find the online reading, but librarians can help. )
  • Carsten, Janet 1995. “The Substance of Kinship and the Heat of the Hearth: Feeding, Personhood, and Relatedness among Malays in Pulau Langkawi.” American Ethnologist 22(2), 223-241. (Access online.)
  • Read this short web page: "How To Speak Like a Maritimer," Vice, August 7, 2012.

March 9 - Economics: The Base of Culture

Readings

  • Eller: Chapter 7. (You don't have to buy this book. You may go to the library site and enter "Eller Cultural Anthropology" and follow from there to the online version. The teaching team is not available for techncial advice on how to find the online reading, but librarians can help. )

March 16 - Industrialism, Post-Industrialism and the Postcolony

Readings

  • Eller: Chapter 14. (You don't have to buy this book. You may go to the library site and enter "Eller Cultural Anthropology" and follow from there to the online version. The teaching team is not available for techncial advice on how to find the online reading, but librarians can help. )
  • Claire Cain Miller, How to Beat the Robots." The New York Times, March 7, 2017.
  • Richard H. Anderson, "Social Class Categories."
  • Recommended but not required: The Credit Suisse Research Institute, Getting Over Globalization, January 2017, especially section 16, "What Is Multipolarity?"

March 23 - Getting Consent: Hegemony and Governmentality

Readings

  • Ellison, James 2009, "Governmentality and the Family: Neoliberal Choices and Emergent Kin Relations in Southern Ethiopia," American Anthropologist 111(1), 81-92. (Find via the UofT Libraries website.)

March 30 - Change in an Age of Online Media: Dissent and Incorporation

Readings

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