Readings

SES # TOPICS READINGS
Week 1: Introduction
Lec 1 What is culture? [No readings for this lecture.]
Lec 2 What do anthropologists do? Buy at Amazon Ahearn, Laura M. Chapters 1–2 in Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal . University of Michigan Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780472067848. [Preview with Google Books ]
Week 2: Love and Kindship
Lec 3 What is a family? Buy at Amazon Ahearn, Laura M. Chapters 3–4 in Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal . University of Michigan Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780472067848. [Preview with Google Books ]
Lec 4 Is "love" a universal? Buy at Amazon Ahearn, Laura M. Chapter 6 in Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal . University of Michigan Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780472067848. [Preview with Google Books ]
Week 3: Birth and Death
Lec 5 How does society manage human crises? Conklin, Beth A. " Thus are our Bodies, Thus was our Custom': Mortuary Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society ." American Ethnologist 22, no. 1 (1995): 75–101.
Week 4: Sex and Gender
Lec 6 Is gender biologically determined? Kulick, Don. " The Gender of Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes ." American Anthropologist 99, no. 3 (1997): 574–85.
Lec 7 Film: "World without Fathers or Husbands" A World Without Fathers or Husbands . Directed by Blavier, Eric and Thomas Lavachery. Produced by RTBF. Filmakers Library, 51 min. 2001. [16mm/DVD]
Week 5: Tradition and Modernity
Lec 8 What is modernity? [No readings for this lecture.]
Lec 9 How does culture change? Buy at Amazon Kulick, Don. "Anger, Gender, Language Shift and the Politics of Revelation in a Papua New Guinean village." In Language ideologies: Practice and theory (Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics) . Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 87–102. ISBN: 9780195105629.
Week 6: Development and Change
Lec 10 Should culture be preserved? Marchand, Trevor H. J. " Negotiating License and Limits: Expertise and Innovation in Djenne's Building Trade ." Africa 79, no. 1 (2009): 71–91.
Lec 11 Film: "The Future of Mud"

Future of Mud: A Tale of Houses and Lives in Djenné . Directed by Vogel, Susan. Produced by Marchand, Trevor HJ, and Samuel Sidibe. Prince Street Pictures, Distributed by First Run Icarus Films. Color, 58 min. 2007. [16mm/DVD]

Week 7: Review
Lec 12 Review [No readings for this lecture.]
Ses 13 Midterm Exam [No readings for this session.]
Week 8: Expressive Culture and Identity
Lec 14 What are art and performance universal? Buy at Amazon Downey, Greg. Chapters 1–3 in Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art . Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780195176971.
Lec 15 Is race real? Buy at Amazon Downey, Greg. Chapters 4–6 in Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art . Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780195176971.
Week 9: Ritual
Lec 16 What is a ritual? Buy at Amazon Durkheim, Emile. "Origin of the Notion of Totemic Priciple, or Mana." In The Elementary Forms of Religious Life . Free Press, 1995, ISBN: 9780029079379.
Lec 17 Film: "Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji"

Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji . Big HART, (2010): DVD, 56 min.

Buy at Amazon Gusterson, Hugh. "Nuclear Weapons Testing: Scientific Experiment as Political Ritual." In Naked Science: Anthropological Inquiry into Boundaries, Power and Knowledge . Edited by Laura Nader. Routledge, 1996, pp. 131–47. ISBN: 9780415914659.

Week 10: Art
Lec 18 What is art? Myers, Fred R. " Truth, Beauty, and Pintupi Painting ." Visual Anthropology 2, no. 2 (1989): 163–95.
Week 11: Play and Learning
Lec 19 How is culture learned? Buy at Amazon Ochs, Elinor, and Bambi Schieffelin. "Language Acquisition and Socialization: Three Developmental Stories." In Culture theory: Essays on mind, self and emotion. Edited by Richard A. Shweder and Robert A. LeVine. Cambridge University Press, 1984. ISBN: 9780521318310.
Lec 20 What is the purpose of play? [No readings for this lecture.]
Week 12: Magic, Science, and Religion
Lec 21 Is magic irrational? Luhrmann, Tanya M. " The Magic of Secrecy ." Ethos 17, no. 2 (1989): 131–65.
Lec 22 Is rationality magical? Jones, Graham M. " Magic with a Message: The Poetics of Christian Conjuring ." Cultural Anthropology 27, no. 2 (2012): 193–214.
Week 13: Embodies Knowledge
Lec 23 How does culture shape the body? Buy at Amazon Downey, Greg. Chapters 10–12 in Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art . Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780195176971.
Lec 24 Film: "Ilé Aiyé: The House of Life" Îlé Aiyé (The House of Life) . Directed by Byrne, David. Produced by Miyake, Kiki, and Mel Lawrence. Little Magic Films. Color, 51 min. 1989. [16mm/DVD]
Week 14: Intercultural Communication
Lec 25 What are the limits of intercultural communication? Bailey, Benjamin. " Communication of Respect in Interethnic Service Encounters ." Language in Society 26, no. 3 (1997): 327–56.
Lec 26 Review [No readings for this lecture.]
Ses 27 Final Exam [No readings for this session.]