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Professor Charlene Makley
Office: 312 Vollum
Phone: 771-1112, ext. 7461
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 4-5:30
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Course Description

This course is meant to give you an introduction to the history, theory, methods, and subject matter of the field of social and cultural anthropology. Through readings, discussions, essays and other exercises, we will explore the competing conceptual frameworks and techniques of research and interpretation sociocultural anthropologists have used to study humankind. Throughout the semester, we will be exploring these issues in the context of the emergence of anthropology as a distinct academic discipline during the expansion of European and American control over colonized others around the world. In this historical context, we will consider such questions as what is the nature of "the human"? How do we account for diversity among humans worldwide? What is the relationship between the "individual" and the "social" or "cultural"? and What are the politics and possibilities of a "science" of humans?

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