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Fall 2013

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The Course: This course explores anthropology and what we call “the anthropological perspective.” Other courses use anthropology to describe and analyze the diverse beliefs and behaviors of people at home and throughout the world. This class is designed to turn our attention directly on anthropologists and what they do. We will analyze the development of anthropology as a field of study, distinct from disciplines such as sociology, history, or biology (yet related to each). We will begin with the era of evolutionary anthropology and move forward through functionalism and structuralism to more recent work in Marxist, feminist and interpretive anthropology. Rather than read a text or abstract debates, the class will focus on specific anthropologists and the ethnographies they wrote. We will look at how their work was shaped by their particular lives and times.