ASB 311 Principles of Social Anthropology/ASU West/Prof.
Course Description, Goals:
From "Unga Bungaís" to the
Nacirema, from the Hottentot Venus to the Silicon Woman--Discover the fascinating
discipline of anthropology and its transnational perspectives on relations
of culture, power, people, and place in diverse global societies.
- develop your own critical anthropological
perspective with which to interpret and evaluate contemporary events and issues
more incisively---invaluable to any career!
- sharpen your analytical, critical
thinking, and writing skills
- explore colonial/postcolonial
relations, First/Third Worlds, modern/postmodern histories, local/global
interactions, sovereign/subaltern identities, real/surreal/hyperreal/virtual
- diversify your knowledge base
with historically-situated, cross-cultural research on cultural practices,
social and identity struggles, political-economic processes, global scope
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- grounded in ethnographic fieldwork
research methods and observational techniques, and a critical understanding
of the poetics and politics of ethnographic representations of Otherness