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Monday, August 20, 2018

ANTH 206: Social and Cultural Theory Syllabus, Autumn 2018 (b)

On this date on Round and Square's History 
20 August 2015—China's Lunar Calendar 2015 08-20
20 August 2015—Social and Cultural Theory Syllabus 2015 (b)
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 2018
Tuesday and Thursday
12:00-2:00 p.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. 
***  *** 
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 Five
Exam 1                                                                       10%        Week Seven
Bridges to Theory Review Essay                               15%        Week Nine
Ethnography Review Essay                                       15%        Week Twelve
Exam 2                                                                       10%        Week Fifteen
Presentations                                                             10%        Week Sixteen
Final Analysis                                                             20%        Week Sixteen
Class attendance and participation is expected.  

Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course.
In particular, if you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability or health consideration that may impact your coursework and/or require accommodations, please feel free to approach me and/or the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services (LEADS) located on 2nd floor Pearsons (north side), 608-363-2572, learning@beloit.edu, or make an appointment through joydeleon.youcanbook.me. LEADS will work with you to determine what accommodations are necessary and appropriate.  Contact that office promptly, however, since accommodations are not retroactive. Every effort will be made to give you agency over disclosure of your disability status. Confidentiality is maintained to the extent possible but at times others need to know to some information to provide you appropriate accommodations.  
Anthropology 206
Social and Cultural Theory 
Autumn 2018
Tuesday October 23
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus 
Connell, Mr. Bridge (Entire book)
           Love                               Family Portrait                 In the Counting House 
           Two Women                   Dinner at Home               The Tip 
           No Oil                             Lester                              Trouble in the Road Ahead 
           Senator Horton Bailey    Forgive Us Our Debts     Prohibition 
           Life Begins at...              Thumper                          The Dream 
           Struggling Upward…     Thayer’s Drugstore           The Pony 
           Bleak Day                      Cadillac                             Locusts 
           You Don’t Love Me        Call Me Avrum                   EK 
           Kansas City Power...     Paper Hat                          Purple Crayon 
           Stiff Lower Lip                Barbarians                        Boxtops 
           The Gardener’s Child    Summer in Georgia           Underground 
           Discretion                      New Clothes                      Yuh, Yuh, Yuh 
           The Pistol                      Halloween                          Daiquiri for Harriet 
           Harriet and Carolyn       Onward Christian Soldiers Home from the Office 
           Handful of Change        Season’s Greetings           The Squirrel 
           Happy Days                  Cousin Lulu’s Estate          Nevacal 
           Fleur-de-lis                    The Family Tree                 New Neighbors 
           LS                                 The Regatta…                    Semi-pro 
           Golden Gloves              Crosby                               Beefcake 
           The Fight                       In the Garden                    Do You Remember…? 
           Happy Birthday              How Much?                       The Dawn Patrol 
           Ground Glass                Liberal Arts                        High School Album 
           Moment Musicale          Coppélia                            Hair Shirt 
          So Soon?                       Juliet                                  Tijuana 
           Mariuana                       The Primrose Path             Harriet’s System 
           Witch Doctor                  Happy Easter                    Bawdy Story 
           Wild Party                      Wastebaskets                    The Laborers 
           Bleh!                              Stockings                           4 A.M. 
           Sweet Shit                     Silver                                 California Sunshine 
           Watering the Flowers    Mrs. Paul A. Cornish          In the Aztec Room 
           Houyhnhum                  7:42 A.M.                            The Jeweler’s Son 
           Jussi Bjoerling              The Lecture on El Greco     Equality 
           Jews                             Bernice                               Jade Pig
           New Writing...               Billy Jack Andrews, Pro      Peggy 
           Venus of Mission Hills   Letter                                  Art of India 
           Publishers’ Graveyard   Good Luck                         Foul Weather 
           On the Morning Train    Petra                                  Good Night, Good Night! 
           J’ai Faim                       Moulin Rouge                     Les Sabots de Millet 
           Cannes                         Darkness at Noon              Another One 
           The Etruscans              Mi Piace la Banana            From Rome
           Intimations                    Wedding Present               Football 
           Square Peg                  The Dancing Master           Hot Number 
           Socrates                       Eagle Scout                        Locking Up 
           A Pal of Morrie             Crime and Punishment       Autumn 
           Black Pledge                Gil Davis                             Guess Who? 
           Legal Secretary            In the Vault                         Winter 
           The Volunteer               Death Ray                          Joy to the World

Thursday, October 25
Finish film, followed by discussion
***  ***

Week X
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author with a biography in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). These authors have an asterisk next to their names, below. All other authors (those with website links) are provided below only so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were; just click the link for a quick look if you wish).
          Michael Lambek ()
          Henrietta Moore (1957-)
          Robert J. Thornton ()
          Lila Abu-Lughod ()
          *Marilyn Strathern () 
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 343-410
Part III/Section 10: Universalisms and Domain Terms
            Body and Mind in Mind, Body and Mind in Body...(Lambek)
            So Is Female to Male as Nature Is to Culture? (Ortner)
            Global Anxieties: Concept-Metaphors and Pre-theoretical...(Moore)
Part III/Section 11: Perspectives and Their Logics
            The Rhetoric of Ethnographic Holism (Thornton)
            Writing Against Culture (Abu-Lughod)
            Cutting the Network (Strathern)

Thursday, November 1
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author with a biography in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). These authors have an asterisk next to their names, below. All other authors (those with website links) are provided below only so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were; just click the link for a quick look if you wish).
Eriksen, A History of Anthropology, 120-220
           The Power of Symbols
           Questioning Authority
           The End of Modernism?
           Global Networks
Week XI
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author with a biography in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). These authors have an asterisk next to their names, below. All other authors (those with website links) are provided below only so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were; just click the link for a quick look if you wish).
            Edward Schieffelin
            *Renato Rosaldo 
***  ***
           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
           Introduction                                                                                  
       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        
            Afterword                                                      
***  ***

Week XII
Tuesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 15
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus 
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author with a biography in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). These authors have an asterisk next to their names, below. All other authors (those with website links) are provided below only so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were; just click the link for a quick look if you wish).
            Steven Feld
            Michelle Rosaldo 
***  ***
Tuesday-Thursday
           New Guinea Group
Feld, Sound and Sentiment
            Introduction                                                                              
            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

Week XIII 
Tuesday, November 20
George Orwell, "Shooting an Elephant" (.pdf file)
Take the quiz (sent to you by Sunday night)
Instead of class, do the rewriting exercise (follow all of the directions)!
Have a great Thanksgiving holiday.

Week XIV 
Tuesday, November 27
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus 
Becker, What About Mozart?, 1-121
            First Look
            What's Happening Elsewhere
            Reasoning From Analogy
            Black Boxes
            Complicating and Combining Black Boxes
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 411-444
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)

Thursday, November 29
Becker, What About Mozart?, 122-188
            Imagining Cases
            Where Do You Stop?
            IOU's, Promissory Notes, and Killer Questions
            Last Words    
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 449-474
Part IV/Section 13: Coherence and Contingency 
            The Invention of Women (Oyěwùmí)
            Valorizing the Present (Dhareshwar)
            Cosmological Deixis and Amerindian Perspectivism (de Castro)
***  ***
  
Week XV 
Tuesday, December 4
Gordon, Fifty Key Anthropologists
You are responsible for any author with a biography in the Fifty Key Anthropologists book (and they will be on quizzes and tests). These authors have an asterisk next to their names, below. All other authors (those with website links) are provided below only so that you can get a quick sense of who they are/were; just click the link for a quick look if you wish).
            Nancy Scheper-Hughes
            Roy D'Andrad
            Melford Spiro
            Didier Fassin
            Oyèrónké Oyewùmí
            Vivek Dhareshwawr
            Eduardo Viveiros de Castro 
            Stefan Helmereich
            Marc Augé
            Bruno Latour
            Caitlin Zaloom
            Webb Keane
            Yael Navaro-Yashin
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 476-553
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)
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)
Thursday, December 6
Moore, Anthropology in Theory, 556-575
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)
***  *** 

Week XVI
Tuesday, December 11
Exam II (in-class)
[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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