85493 - SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Scheda insegnamento

Anno Accademico 2017/2018

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

The course aims at providing students abilities in cultural analysis with special reference to the making and representation of cultural diversity. The course aims at improving students participation, providing the gain of a specialistic terminology and of a critical attitude toward social and cultural facts.

Programma/Contenuti

The course introduces students to basic theories and research methods in Social and Cultural Anthropology, with a special focus on contemporary societies, including ethnographic fieldwork and the analysis of cultural dimension. In its focus on the details of everyday activities across a number of communities, it is meant to provide a bridge between sociocultural anthropology and ethnography through the introduction of concepts and analytical techniques that privilege observation, participation, recording and transcription of spontaneous interaction. Topics include cultural theory, practices of ethnography, memory, time, travel and mobility, imagination, the power of communication, agency and aspiration, and universal and culture-specific properties of human condition.

Students are expected to arrive on time, attend all lectures, and complete all reading as scheduled on the syllabus, i.e., prior to the class meeting. The class participation grade is based on participation in discussions as well as on attendance in both lectures and study questions.

Testi/Bibliografia

SYLLABUS

LECTURE 1: Feb. 7th, 2018

INTRODUCTION: My idea of Anthropology. DIVERSITY. USES AND ABUSES.

Reading for Lecture 2:

  1. Malinowski B., 1922, Argonauts of the Western Pacific, Introduction.

    LECTURE 2: Feb. 14th, 2018

    GO ON WITH FIELDWORK. DIVERSITY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

    Reading 1: discussion and study questions

    Reading for Lecture 3:

  2. Radcliffe Brown A. R., 1940, On Joking Relationships, Africa: Journal of The International African Institute, vol. 13, 3: 195-210.

    LECTURE 3: Feb. 21th, 2018

    SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS. FUNCTION AND STRUCTURE

    Reading 2: discussion and study questions

    Readings for Lecture 4:

  3. Evans-Pritchard E. E., 1940, The Political Structure of Nandi-Speaking People of Kenya, in Africa: Journal of The International African Institute, vol. 13, 3: 250-267 // -, 1950, Anthropology: Past and Present, The Marret Lecture, in Man, 50: 118-125.

    LECTURE 4: Feb. 28th, 2018

    OTHER WAYS TO ETHNOGRAPHY

    Reading 3: discussion and study questions

    Readings for Lecture 5:

  4. Matera V., We are all contemporaries. Time and Anthropology, in Gonzales Falcon I. (ed.), Understanding Cultural Diversity: Perceptions, Opportunities and Challenges, Nova Publisher, in press. (20 pagg.)

    LECTURE 5: March 7th, 2018

    WE ARE ALL CONTEMPORARIES. TIME AND ANTHROPOLOGY

    Reading 4: discussion and study questions

    Readings for Lectures 6 - 7:

  5. Gluckman M., 1940, Analysis of a Social Situation in Modern Zululand, in Bantu Studies, 14: 1-30.
  6. Fabian J., 2006, The Other revisited, in Anthropological Theory, 6: 139-152.

    LECTURE 6: March 14th, 2018

    THE SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS. FACING WITH SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHANGE

    Reading 5: discussion and study questions

    LECTURE 7: March 15th, 2018

    THE SOCIAL FIELD. BEYOND THE ANTHROPOLIGIST’S OWN FIELD EXPERIENCE

    Reading 6: discussion and study questions

    Readings for Lectures 8-9:

  7. Matera V., 2013, Ethnography: experiences, representations, practices for studying cultural diversity, in AAM, 15: 9-19.
  8. Fillitz T., 2013, Spatialising the Field. Conceptualising fields and interconnections in the context of contemporary art in Africa, in Matera V. (ed.), De.-constructing the field, AAM, 13: 103-112.

    LECTURE 8: March 21th, 2018

    ETHNOGRAPHY 1.

    Reading 7: discussion and study questions

    LECTURE 9: March 22th, 2018

    ETHNOGRAPHY 2.

    Reading 8: discussion and study questions

    Reading for Lecture 10:

  9. Ingold T., 2008, Anthropology is not Ethnography, in Proceeding of the British Academy, 154: 69-92.

    LECTURE 10: March 28th, 2018

    BEYOND THE FIELD. ETHNOGRAPHY IN A GLOBAL WORLD

    Reading 9: discussion and study questions

    Mid-term Test (Final test for SA students).

    CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND MIGRATION PROCESSES (PART II)

    Readings for Lectures 11-12. CAMP students only:

  10. Matera V., 2016, Understanding Cultural Diversity. Culture, cultural traits and cultural change between global and local frames, in Panebianco, Serrelli (eds.), Understanding Cultural Traits, Springer, pagg. 21-42.

11. Geertz C., 1973, Thick Description. Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture, in The Interpretation of Cultures, Basic Book, Ch. 1 (pagg. 3-30).

LECTURE 11: April 4th, 2018

CULTURAL THEORY 1. DIVERSITY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

Reading 10: discussion and study questions

LECTURE 12: April 5th, 2018

CULTURAL THEORY 2. UNDERSTANDING CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Reading 11: discussion and study questions

Readings for Lectures 13 – 14:

  1. Markowitz, 2004, Talking about culture. Globalization, Human Rights and Anthropology, in Anthropological Theory, 4: 329-352.
  2. De Haas, Vezzoli, 2013, Migration and Development on the South-North Frontier: A Comparison of the Mexico-USA and of Morocco-EU cases, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39, 7: 1041-1065
  3. Menin L., 2016, Men are not scared: Luck, destiny and the gendered vocabularies of the clandestine migration in Central Morocco, Archivio Antropologico Mediterraneo, 18, 1: 25-36.

    LECTURE 13: April 11th, 2018

    CULTURES IN CONTACT I.

    Reading 12: discussion and study questions

    LECTURE 14: April 12th, 2018

    Guest Laura Menin CULTURES IN CONTACT II.

    Reading 13-14: discussion and study questions

    Readings for Lectures 15-16:

  4. Marwan M. Kraidy, 2005, Hybridity or the Cultural Logic of Globalization, Tempe University Press, Preface and Ch. 1.
  5. Duvell F., 2012, Transit Migration: A Blurred and Politicized Concept, Population, Space, and Place, 18: 415-427.
  6. Menin L., 2016, “Anti-black racism”: debating racial prejudices and the legacies of slavery in Morocco, SWAB-WPS, 2.

    LECTURE 15: April 18th, 2018

    WE WANT OUR CULTURE! FROM ESSENTIALISM TO CREOLIZATION

    Reading 15: discussion and study questions

    LECTURE 16: April 19th, 2018

    Guest Laura Menin BELONGINGS, MIMESIS, MODERNITY

    Reading 16-17: discussion and study questions

    Reading for Lectures 17 – 18:

  7. Sahlins M., 1999, Two or Three Things that I Know about Culture, in The Journal of The Royal Anthropological Institute, 5: 399-421
  8. Marcus G., 2007, “How Short Can Fieldwork Be?”, in Social Anthropology, 15: 353-367

    LECTURE 17: May 2th, 2018

    BELONGINGS, MIMESIS, IMAGINATION

    Reading 18: discussion and study questions

    LECTURE 18: May 3th, 2018

    MAKING PAST. MEMORY AND IDENTITY

    Reading 19: discussion and study questions

    Readings for Lectures 19-20:

  9. Gupta A., 2015, An Anthropology of Electricity from the Global South, in Cultural Anthropology, 30, 4: 555-568.
  10. Appadurai A., 2004, The Capacity to Aspire, in Culture in Public Action, Stanford University Press.

LECTURE 19: May 9th, 2018

WHERE/WHAT MODERNITY IS?

Readings 20: discussion and study questions

LECTURE 20: May 10th, 2018

MAKING FUTURE.

Reading 21: discussion and study questions

FINAL TEST

Metodi didattici

Lectures, discussions, weekly tests based on study questions.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

  • Attending students:
  • - First Test (Midterm) 7.50 points.
  • - Second Test (last week of classes) 7.50 points.
  • - Final short essay and oral presentation (15 points). Modalities concerning the final short essay will be discussed in class.
  • Non attending students have to prepare an oral exam studying all the papers listed on the syllabus.

Orario di ricevimento

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