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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Social and Cultural Theory Syllabus 2015 (b)

On this date on Round and Square's History 
20 August 2014—China's Lunar Calendar 2014 08-20
20 August 2014—Social and Cultural Theory Syllabus 2014 (b)
20 August 2013—China's Lunar Calendar 2013 08-20
20 August 2013—From the Geil Archive: Curly Fives
20 August 2012—The New Yorker and the World: Introduction
20 August 2011—Displays of Authenticity: Real Coffee

Click here for the other half of this two-part syllabus post:
ANTH 206: Weeks 1-8                   ANTH 206: Weeks 9-16 
[a] Confrontation RF
Social and Cultural Theory
Anthropology 206
Autumn 2015
TTh 8:00-9:50 a.m.
Robert André LaFleur                                                             Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 111                                                                 Tuesday           2:00-3:30
363-2005                                                                                   Thursday         2:00-3:30                                                                    …or by appointment 

Required Books for All Enrolled Students 
Bowen, Elenore Smith, Return to Laughter 
Bourdieu, Practical Reason
Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice 
Connell, Evan. Mr. Bridge 
Connell, Evan. Mrs. Bridge 
Eriksen, Thomas Hylland, A History of Anthroplogy
Moore, Henrietta and Todd Sanders. Anthropology in Theory: Issues in Epistemology*

LaFleur, Robert. Round and Square ( 
The New York Review of Books (NYRB) 

*We will be using the new second edition of this book. Do not buy the first edition; there are too many changes, and it will not "save" you time or money.

Required Ethnographies (Choose one SET from the list below) 
Rosaldo, Renato. Ilongot Headhunting: A History   AND
Rosaldo, Michelle. Knowledge and Passion
Schiefflin, Edward. The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers  AND
Feld, Steven. Sound and Sentiment. 
All books are on library reserve. 
***  *** 
Building upon ANTH 100 (Society and Culture), this course helps students develop increased sophistication in the way that they frame and think about social and cultural (not to mention historical) phenomena.  Our approach to the subject will be both historical and “pragmatic.”  It is necessary to understand the development of various intellectual strains within anthropology. A good foundation in them gives solidity to analytical constructions (this is precisely the reason that philosophers spend a good number of pages in every work “framing” their subject matters in terms of the history of philosophy).  It is far from being a trifling exercise.  We will also take a “pragmatic” approach, by asking ourselves which perspectives work best for our purposes, and our interests.  Learning to balance these seemingly contradictory (but actually beautifully entwined) approaches is one of the keys to excellent theoretical work in and beyond the field of anthropology.

Quizzes                                                                      15%
Theoretical Letter                                                       15%
Bridges to Theory Review Essay                               15%
Ethnography Review Essay                                       15%
Final Exam                                                                 15%
Final Theoretical Essay                                              25%
Class attendance and participation is expected.  
See my class attendance and participation policy.
Late assignments will be penalized—see my late assignment policy.
Anthropology 206
Social and Cultural Theory 
Autumn 2015
Week IX
(October 20, 22) 
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus  (read Week VII)

New York Review of Books See separate NYRB syllabus  (read Week VII)
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 377-444
Part III/Section 11: Perspectives and Their Logics
            The Rhetoric of Ethnographic Holism (Thornton)
            Writing Against Culture (Abu-Lughod)
            Cutting the Network (Strathern)
Part III/Section 12: Objectivity, Morality, and Truth
            The Primacy of the Ethical: Propositions for a Militant...(Scheper-Hughes)
            Moral Models in Anthropology (D'Andrade)
            Postmodernist Anthropology, Subjectivity, and Science...(Spiro)
            Beyond Good and Evil? Questioning the...(Fassin)
Eriksen, A History of Anthropology, 96-119
            Forms of Change 
Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice, 52-71 
            The Objective Limits of Objectivism (continued)
            Section II: Case Study—Parallel-Cousin Marriage (continued)
                        The Ordinary and the Extra-Ordinary
                        Matrimonial Strategies and Social Reproduction 
Connell, Mrs. Bridge, 205-246 
            Reflections on Montaigne
            Marching with Dr. Foster
            Quo Vadis, Madame?
            Joseph Conrad
            Pineapple Bread
            Carolyn’s Engagement
            Present from Douglas
            Carolyn Marries
            Tuna Salad
            Old Acquaintance
            Home Again
            Mr. Bridge Adjourns
            Letter from a Buddhist
            All’s Well
            Remembrance of Things Past

Week X 
(October 27, 29)
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 445-500
Part IV/Section 13: Coherence and Contingency 
            The Invention of Women (Oyěwùmí)
            Valorizing the Present (Dhareshwar)
            Cosmological Deixis and Amerindian Perspectivism
Part IV/Section 14: (Re)defining Objects of Inquiry
            What Was Life? Answers from Three Limit Biologies (Helmreich)
            The Near and the Elsewhere (Augé)
            Relativism (Latour)
Eriksen, A History of Anthropology, 120-137
            The Power of Symbols
Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice, 72-95 
Structures and the Habitus 
            A False Dilemma: Mechanism and Finalism
            Structures, Habitus and Practices
           The Dialectic of Objectification and Embodiment
Please read the Ethnography Review Assignment
(Due 11/22 at 10:00 p.m. in my office—MI 111)

Week XI 
(November 2, 4)
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 500-575
Part IV/Section15: Subjects, Objects, and Affect
            How to Read the Future...(Zaloom)
            Signs Are Not the Garb of Meaning...(Keane)
            Affective Spaces, Melancholic Objects...(Navaro-Yashin)
Part IV/Section 16: Imagining Methodologies and Meta-things
            Beyond "Culture": Space, Identity, and the Politics...(Gupta and Ferguson)
            What is at Stake—and is not—in the Idea...(Marcus)
            Grassroots Globalization and the Research Imagination (Appadurai)
            The End of Anthropology, Again...(Comaroff)
Part IV/Section17: Anthropologizing Ourselves
            Participant Objectivication (Bourdieu)
            Anthropology of Anthropology? Further Reflections on Reflexivity (Sangren)
            World Anthropologies: Cosmopolitics for a New Global...(Ribeiro)
            Cultures of Expertise and the Management...(Holmes and Marcus) 
Eriksen, A History of Anthropology, 138-165
            Questioning Authority
Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice, 96-124 
Generative Schemes and Practical Logic: Invention Within Limits
            The Calendar and the Synoptic Illusion
            Economy of Logic
            The Body as Geometer: Cosmogonic Practice
Please read the Ethnography Review Assignment
(Due 11/22 at 10:00 p.m. in my office—MI 111)
Week XII
(November 9, 11)
Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice, 124-139 
Generative Schemes and Practical Logic: Invention Within Limits (continued)
            Union and Separation
            Thresholds and Rites of Passage    
            Reunions of Contraries and Denial 
***  ***
           New Guinea Group 
Schiefflin, The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers 
          Kaluli Pronunciation
          Ceremonies and Reciprocity
          In the Shadow of the Mountain
          I’m Sorry, Brother, I Don’t Eat That
          Organizing Actions: Those at the House and Those Who Came
          The Unseen World and the Opposition Scenario
          Assertion and Appeal
          Anger, Reciprocity, and the Rhythms of Experience
          The Perception of a Human Condition
          Ceremonial Occasions and Preparations
          The Gisaro
          Gisaro and the Opposition Scenario 
***  ***
           Philippines Group 
Rosaldo, Ilongot Headhunting
       The Past Made Present
            Perspectives on Ilongot History                                
            Stories of the Butag-Rumyad Feud, 1923-1956        
            The Celebration of the Covenant, 1969                     
       Social Structure Set in Motion
            The Source of Collective Memories, 1941-1945       
            The Politics of Headhunting,1945-1954                    
            The Politics of Marriage, 1955-1960             
       The Deconstruction of Collective Identity                     
            Rumyad in Historical Perspective, 1883-1905                      
            The Feud in Historical Perspective, 1890-1928        

Week XIII 
(November 17, 19) 
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus 
Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice, 140-158 
Generative Schemes and Practical Logic: Invention Within Limits (continued)
            Making Use of Indeterminacy
            The Habitus and Homologies
***  ***
           New Guinea Group
Feld, Sound and Sentiment
            The Boy Who Became a Muni Bird                                              
            To You They are Birds, to Me They Are Voices in the Forest
            Weeping That Moves Women to Song                              

            The Poetics of Loss and Abandonment                               
            Song That Moves Men to Tears                            
            In the Form of a Bird: Kaluli Aesthetics       
***  ***
           Philippines Group
Rosaldo, Knowledge and Passion 
            The Ilongots
            Knowledge, passion, and the heart
            Knowledge, identity, and order in an egalitarian world
            Horticulture, hunting, and the ‘height’ of men’s hearts
            Headhunting: a tale of “fathers,’ ‘brothers,’ and ‘sons’
            Negotiating anger: oratory and the knowledge of adults
            Conclusion: Self and social life
(Due 11/22 at 10:00 p.m. in my office—MI 111)

Week XIV 
(November 25)
Eriksen, A History of Anthropology, 166-220
            The End of Modernism
            Global Networks
Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice, 159-197
     Structures, Habitus, Power: Basis For a Theory of Symbolic Power
            Doxa, Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy
            Symbolic Capital
            Modes of Domination

Week XV 
(December 2, 4) 
Exam preparation (in-class review)

Final Exam (in class)

Week XVI
(December 9) 
Howard Becker (handout)
Discussion of final projects

[b] Candy Culture RF
Click here for the other half of this two-part syllabus post:
ANTH 206: Weeks 1-8                   ANTH 206: Weeks 9-16 

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