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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ANTH 206 Social and Cultural Theory Syllabus, Autumn 2017 (a)

On this date on Round and Square's History 
19 August 2015—China's Lunar Calendar 2015 08-19
19 Auguat 2015—Social and Cultural Theory Syllabus 2015
19 August 2014—China's Lunar Calendar 2014 08-19
19 August 2014—Social and Cultural Theory Syllabus 2014
19 August 2013—China's Lunar Calendar 2013 08-19
19 August 2013—From the Geil Archive: Seeking Anthropology
19 August 2012—Rural Religion in China (15)
19 August 2011—Displays of Authenticity: Fresh Coffee

Click here for the other half of this two-part syllabus post:
ANTH 206: Weeks 1-8                   ANTH 206: Weeks 9-16
[a] Kwakiutl Sea Spirit RF
Social and Cultural Theory
Anthropology 206
Autumn 2017
Tuesday and Thursday
8:00-10:00 a.m.

Robert André LaFleur                                              Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 206                                                  Tuesday      4:00-5:30
363-2005                                                                     Thursday    4:00-5:30           
lafleur@beloit.edu                                                      ...or by appointment          

Required Books for All Enrolled Students 
Becker, Howard, What About Mozart? What About Murder?
Bowen, Elenore Smith, Return to Laughter 
Bourdieu, Practical Reason
Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice (handouts)

Connell, Evan. Mr. Bridge 
Connell, Evan. Mrs. Bridge 
Eriksen, Thomas Hylland, A History of Anthroplogy
Gordon, Robert. Fifty Key Anthropologists (plus web additions)
Moore, Henrietta and Todd Sanders. Anthropology in Theory: Issues in Epistemology*
Wacquant, Loïc, Body and Soul: Notes of an Apprentice Boxer

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LaFleur, Robert. Round and Square (www.robert-lafleur.blogspot.com) 
Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice (handouts)
LaFleur, Longevity Mountain (handouts)
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
                             OR
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. 
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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.

Evaluation
Quizzes                                                                      10%        Every Class Session
Theoretical Letter                                                       10%        Week Four
Bridges to Theory Review Essay                               10%        Week Seven
Exam 1                                                                       15%        Week Nine
Ethnography Review Essay                                       15%        Week Fourteen
Exam 2                                                                       15%        Week Sixteen
Final Analysis                                                             20%        Finals Week
Class attendance and participation is expected.  
Anthropology 206
Social and Cultural Theory 
Autumn 2017
Week I 
(August 29, 31)
Tuesday, August 29
Course overview

Thursday, August 31
Film: Geil of Doylestown (in-class Thursday)
From the Geil Archive (read all nine posts)  
          Introduction 
          1-Southern Mountain Museum
          2-Sacred Mountain Map
          3-Hat and Cattle
          4-Seeking Anthropology
          5-Curly Fives
          6-How to Write the Book
          7-Mortarboard Man
          8-Orator
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). All authors with website links are provided just so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were).
          William Edgar Geil (1865-1925)
Eriksen, A History of Anthropology, vii-x; 1-19
          Proto-Anthropology
Round and Square 
          Syllabic Cycles:Introduction (a-d)  Read all four posts, not just “a.”

Week II  
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). All authors with website links are provided just so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were)
          David Riesman (1909-2002)
          Laura Bohannan (1922-2002)
Bowen, Return to Laughter 
          Foreword by David Riesman (you must read this—all-important)
          Entire book (it is a straight-through "read")
 
Thursday, September 7
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests).All authors with website links are provided just so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were)
          Franz Boas (1858-1942))
          Alfred Kroeber (1876-1950)
          Gregory Bateson (1904-1980)
          Ruth Benedict (1887-1948)
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, xi-xvi; 1-52
          General Introduction
          Anthropology and Epistemology 
Part I/Section I: Culture and Behavior 
          The Aims of Anthropological Research (Boas)
          The Concept of Culture in Science (Kroeber)
          Problems and Methods of Approach (Bateson)
          The Individual and the Pattern of Culture (Benedict)
Connell, Mrs. Bridge, 1-54
          Love and Marriage
          Children
          Preliminary Training
          Marmalade
          Christmas Basket
          Displaced Dummy
          Alice Jones
          Who Can Find the Caspian Sea?
          Of Ladies and Women
          Table Manners
          Alice Jones Again
          Agreeable Conversation
          Guest Towels
          Late for Dinner
          Holiday News
          A Matter of Taste
          Good-by Alice
          Never Speak to Strange Men
          Grace Barron 
          What’s Up, Señora Bridge?
          The Leacocks
           Victim of Circumstances
           Rock Fight
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Week III  
Tuesday, September 12
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). All authors with website links are provided just so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were) 
          Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002)
Bourdieu, Practical Reason, 1-145 (whole book)
            Preface
            Acknowledgments
            Social Spaces and Symbolic Space
            (The "Soviet" Variant and Political Capital)
            The New Capital
            (Social Space and the Field of Power)
            Rethinking the State: The Genesis and Structure...
            (The Family Spirit)
            Is a Disinterested Act Possible?
            The Economy of Symbolic Goods
            (Remarks on the Economy of the Church)
            The Scholastic Point of View
            A Paradoxical Foundation of Ethics

Thursday, September 14 
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). All authors with website links are provided just so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were) 
          Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)
          A.R. Radcliffe-Brown (1881-1955)
          Sir Edmund Leach (1910-1989)
          Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009)
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 53-87
Part I/Section2: Structure and System 
            Rules for the Explanation of Social Facts (Durkheim)
            On Social Structure (Radcliffe-Brown)
            Introduction to Political Systems of Highland Burma (Leach)
            Social Structure (Lévi-Strauss)
Connell, Mrs. Bridge, 55-96
            Advanced Training
            Another World
            Tower
            Sentimental Moment
            Soft Gift
            Nothing Spectacular
            The Search for Love
            Treachery
            No Scenes in Church
            Powerful Vocabulary
            Tobacco Road
            One Summer Morning
            Growing Pains
            Maid from Madras
            Revolt of the Masses
            Minister’s Book
            Lady Poet
            Voting
            Oaths and Pledges
            Another Victim of Circumstances
            Leda
            The Clock
            Countess Mariska
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Week IV 
Tuesday, September 19
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). All authors with website links are provided just so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were)                  Bronislaw Malinowski (1884-1942)
          Julian Steward (1902-1972)           
          Leslie White (1900-1975)
          Roy Rappaport (1926-1997)
          J.H.M. Beattie (1915-1990)
            Ladislav Holý (1933-1997) and Milan Stuchlik
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 89-161
Part I/Section3: Function and Environment 
            The Group and the Individual in Functional Analysis (Malinowski)
            The Concept and Method of Cultural Ecology (Steward)
            Energy and the Evolution of Culture (White)
            Ecology, Cultural and Noncultural (Rappaport) 
Part I/Section 4: Methods and Objects
            Understanding and Explanation in Social Anthropology (Beattie)
            Anthropological Data and Social Reality (Holy and Stuchlik)
            Objectification Objectified (Bourdieu)

Thursday, September 21
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests).All authors with website links are provided just so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were)
          Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881)
          Karl Marx (1818-1883)
          Adolf Bastian (1826-1905)
          Sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1832-1917) 
          Sir James George Frazer (1854-1941)
Eriksen, A History of Anthropology, 20-45
          Victorians, Germans and a Frenchman
Connell, Mrs. Bridge, 97-151
           Tea Leaves
            Liberal
            The Private World of Wilhelm and Susan
            Sir William and Sir Thomas
            The Low-pressure Salesman
            Second Lesson in Spanish
            Servant’s Entrance
            Rumpy
            The Chrysler and the Comb
            No Evangelism
            Chaperon
            Good Night
            Suitor
            Ingrid
            Parking
            News of the Leacocks
            The Hat
            First Babies
            Who’s Calling?
            Mademoiselle from Kansas City
            Ruth Goes to New York
            Tornado at the Club
            Non Capisco
            England

Week V 
Tuesday, September 26
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). All authors with website links are provided just so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were) 
         Marcel Mauss (1874-1950)
         Clifford Geertz (1926-2006)
          Talal Asad (1932-)
          Sherry Ortner (1941-) 
          Malcom Crick (-2006)
          Maurice Bloch (1939-)
Eriksen, A History of Anthropology, 46-67
            Four Founding Fathers 
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 163-220
Part II/Section 5: Meanings as Objects of Study
            Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture (Geertz)
            Anthropology and the Analysis of Ideology (Asad)
            Subjectivity and Cultural Critique (Ortner)
Part II/Section 6: Language and Method            
            Structural Analysis in Linguistics and in Anthropology (Lévi-Strauss)
            Ordinary Language and Human Action (Crick)
            Language, Anthropology, and Cognitive Science (Bloch)
 
Thursday, September 28
Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice, vii-viii; 1-15 (handout)
          Translator’s Foreword
          The Objective Limits of Objectivism
               Section I: Analyses
                    From the Mechanics of the Model to the Dialectic of Strategies
Connell, Mrs. Bridge, 151-194
            French Restaurant
            Winged Victory
            Strangers in Paradise
            Intellectual Café
            Sidewalk Artist
            Telegram
            Beautiful Luggage
            Mirror, Mirror
            Psst!
            Peculiar Roman
            Change of Itinerary
            Inside Europe
            Progress, Madness, Defeat
            Robbery at the Heywood Duncans’
            No Questions
            Follow Me Home
            Jules, Niki, et al
            The Rich and the Poor
            Paquita de las Torres
            Extra-sensory Perception
            Frayed Cuffs
            Sex Education
            Words of Wisdom
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Read the Bridges to Theory Essay Assignment (due on 10/29)

Week VI 
(October 3, 5) 
See my class attendance and participation policy

Tuesday, October 3
Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice, 78-95 (handout)
            Structures, Habitus, and Practices
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). All authors with website links are provided just so that you can get a quick sense of who the are/were).
          Harvey Whitehouse (1964-) 
          Charles Stafford (1956-)
          T.M. Luhrman (1959-)
          Charles Whitehead ()
          Michael Jackson (1940)
          Emily Martin (1944)
          Lesley Sharp ()  
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 221-281
Part II/Section 7: Cognition, Psychology, and Neuoranthropology
            Towards an Integration of Ethnography, History and the...(Whitehouse)
            Linguistic and Cultural Variables in the Psychology of Numeracy (Stafford)
            Subjectivity (Luhrman)
            Why the Behavioural Sciences Need the Concept...(Whitehead) 
Part II/Section 8: Bodies of Knowledges
            Knowledge of the Body (Jackson)
            The End of the Body? (Martin)
            Hybridity: Hybrid Bodies of The Scientific Imaginary (Sharp)

Thursday, October 5
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests).All authors with website links are provided just so that you can get a quick sense of who the are/were) 
          Robert Redfield (1897-1958)
          Sir Raymond Firth (1901-2002)
          E.E. Evans-Pritchard (1902-1973)
Eriksen, A History of Anthropology, 68-95
            Expansion and Institutionalism
Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice, 171-183 (handout)
            Symbolic Capital
Connell, Mrs. Bridge, 194-246
            Very Gay Indeed
            Local Talent
            Exchange of Letter
            Frozen Fruit             
            Reflections on Montaigne
            Gloves
            Marching with Dr. Foster
            Quo Vadis, Madame?
            Joseph Conrad
            Psychotherapy
            Pineapple Bread
            Carolyn’s Engagement
            Present from Douglas
            Carolyn Marries
            Alice
            Winter
            Tuna Salad
            Old Acquaintance
            Home Again
            Mr. Bridge Adjourns
            Letter from a Buddhist
            All’s Well
            Remembrance of Things Past
            Hello?
***  ***
Read the Bridges to Theory Essay Assignment (due on 10/29)

Week VII 
(October 3, 5)
Tuesday, October 10
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). You might wish to do a quick check for biographical information with those anthropologists who are not covered in Fifty Key Anthropologists.      
          Max Weber (1864-1920)
          Eric Wolf (1923-1999)
          Jean (1946) and John Comaroff (1945-)
          Donald Donham ()
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 283-341
Part III/Section 9: Coherence and Contingency
            Puritanism and the Spirit of Capitalism (Weber)
            Introduction to Europe and the People Without History (Wolf)
            Introduction to Of Revelation and Revolution (Comaroff and Comaroff)
            Epochal Structures I: Reconstructing Historical Materialism (Donham)
            Structures and the Habitus (Bourdieu)
Eriksen, A History of Anthropology, 96-119
            Forms of Change

Thursday, October 12
Exam I (in-class)
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Read the Bridges to Theory Essay Assignment (due on 10/29)

Week VIII—Autumn Break       
[b] (Agri)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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