Peoples & Culture of the World (3 credit): ANT 121
Sat. July 28 & Sun. July 29 mandatory move-in & orientation
Class runs July 30 – August 10, 2018
This is a regularized undergraduate course delivered through classroom-based instruction and homework. The class may consist of both Summer College and undergraduate students.
The main goal of this class is to introduce students to the relationship between culture, power and identities and to examine how anthropologists have been grasping, understanding and writing about these issues in diverse social and cultural settings. In order to critically approach and study peoples and cultures around the world, we will especially focus on the processes that have been conceptually grouped under the rubric of social inequality and violence.
This class is divided into two main parts. In the first part, titled “Culture/Power/Identities” we will draw on a number of ethnographic writings and films that focus on the basis of social inequality and relationships shaped by differences of race, class, ethnicity, generation and gender. The second half of class, broadly titled “Global Assemblages,” will address numerous effects that global process have had on peoples and cultures of the world. Here we will investigate the phenomena such as neoliberalism, tourism, organ trafficking, commercial surrogacy, and war and peace, and we will critically examine the emerging forms of social inequality that these global processes generate.
ANT 121 satisfies the Social Sciences Division requirements for SU undergraduates.
In this course we shall read and examine ethnographies, the major research product of cultural anthropological fieldwork. We will investigate the nature of ethnographic fieldwork and critically consider 3 ethnographies.
In addition to the assigned ethnographies we shall read numerous articles and view films that deal with issues that are crucial for understanding anthropological perspectives in today’s world.
Please visit our program costs page for more detailed information.
*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.
*Students must be 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.
1. Bourgois, Philippe. 2002 . In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio. New York: Cambridge University Press.
2. Nordstrom, Carolyn. 2004. Shadows of War: Violence, Power and International Profiteering in the Twenty-first Century. Berkeley: University of California Press.
By the end of this course students will:
Through lectures, assigned readings, group discussions and exams, students should come out of this course able to:
- Define, understand and use the key anthropological concepts (such as culture, society, power, cultural relativism, ethnocentrism, etc.) in writing assignments and section discussions.
- Understand anthropology’s methodological tools, especially ethnography, and think critically about what kind of knowledge this method contributes to.
- Understand the range of variability of cultures in the world.
- Think critically about the nature of violence and social inequality in different historic and socio-cultural settings.
- Critically assess and compare class readings according to the theoretical arguments put forward in lecture and recitation.
- Demonstrate abilities to analyze, assess, and compare class materials through active participation in sections.
Associate Professor and O’Hanley Scholar
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Degree: Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2009
Specialties: Comparative and cross-cultural approaches to aging; Aging and Peacebuilding; Ethnographies of aging; Aging in the context of postsocialist and postwar transformation; Generation; Life history
Azra Hromadzic is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in the anthropology of international policy in the context of peace-building and democratization. Her book manuscript in preparation, titled “Empty Nation: Youth, Education, and Democratization in post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina,” is an ethnographic investigation of the internationally directed post-conflict intervention policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the response of local people, especially youth, to these policy efforts. Professor Hromadzic is focusing future research on a new project which will ethnographically research aging in the context of postwar and postsocialist Bosnia and Herzegovina. By focusing on generation, and especially aging, as an analytic with which to capture the altering circumstances surrounding post-Yugoslav responsibility and care, she hopes to portray the unique role that aging plays in shaping the fields of hope, desire, and expectations about postsocialist, postwar and European subjectivities, citizenship regimes, identifications and futures.