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 realities
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