Readings

Required Book

[DH] = Buy at Amazon Hebdige, Dick. Subculture: The Meaning of Style . Routledge, 1979. ISBN: 9780415039499.

SES # TOPICS READINGS
1 Introduction to the class
2 Does culture matter?

Buy at Amazon Bourgois, Philippe. "Understanding Inner-City Poverty: Resistance and Self-Destruction under U.S. Apartheid." In Exotic No More: Anthropology on Front Lines . Edited by Jeremy McClancy. The University of Chicago Press, 2002, pp. 15–32. ISBN: 9780226500133.

Buy at Amazon Lutz, Catherine A., and Jane L. Collins. "A World Brightly Different: Photographic Conventions 1950–1986." In Reading National Geographic . University Of Chicago Press, 1993, pp. 87–117. ISBN: 9780226497242.

Class Handouts

Three Levels of Culture (PDF)

Sir Edward B. Tylor's Definition of Culture (PDF)

3 What is culture?

Buy at Amazon Geertz, Clifford. "The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man." In The Interpretation of Cultures . Basic Books, 1973, pp. 33–54. ISBN: 9780465034253.

Bohannan, Laura. " Shakespeare in the Bush ." Natural History 75 (1966): 28–33.

Rubin, Caroline. "Writing Against MIT Culture." (PDF) 21A.112 final paper, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008.

4 Thinking anthropologically

Buy at Amazon Evans-Pritchard, E. E. "The Notion of Witchcraft Explains Unfortunate Events." In Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic among the Azande . Oxford University Press, 1976, pp. 18–32. ISBN: 9780198740292.

Buy at Amazon Rosaldo, Renato. "Border Crossings." In Culture and Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis . Beacon Press, 1993, pp. 196–217. ISBN: 9780807046234.

5 Fieldwork now and then

Buy at Amazon Malinowski, Bronislaw. "Introduction: The Subject, Method and Scope of Inquiry." In Argonauts of the Western Pacific . Waveland Press Inc, 1984, pp. 1–25. ISBN: 9780881330847.

Buy at Amazon Clifford, James. "Spatial Practices: Fieldwork, Travel, and the Disciplining of Anthropology." In Anthropological Locations: Boundaries and Grounds of a Field Science . Edited by Akhil Gupta and James Ferguson. University of California Press, 1997, pp. 185–222. ISBN: 9780520206809. [Preview with Google Books ]

6 Place and space in anthropological field methods

Buy at Amazon Bestor, Theodore. "Introduction and Chapter One." In Neighborhood Tokyo . Stanford University Press, 1989, pp. 1–46. ISBN: 9780804714396. [Preview with Google Books ]

Buy at Amazon Desjarlais, Robert R. "Five Coefficients—On the Basketball Court." In Shelter Blues: Sanity and Selfhood among the Homeless . University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997, pp. 39–87. ISBN: 9780812216226.

7 Public space and public culture (thick description)

Buy at Amazon Geertz, Clifford. "Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture." In The Interpretation of Cultures . Basic Books, 1973, pp. 3–30. ISBN: 9780465034253.

Farquhar, Judith. " The Park Pass: Peopling and Civilizing a New Old Beijing ." Public Culture 21, no. 3 (2009): 551–76.

8 Spaces of inequalities

Low, Setha M. " The Secret, the Unspeakable, the Unsaid: Spatial, Discourse, and Political Economic Analysis ." City & Society 13, no. 1 (2001): 161–5.

Caldeira, Teresa P. R. " Imprinting and Moving Around: New Visibilities and Configurations of Public Space in Sao Paulo ." Public Culture 24, no. 2 (2012): 385–418.

9 Bodies in space

Buy at Amazon Foucault, Michel. "Docile Bodies" In Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison . Pantheon Books, 1977, pp. 135–70. ISBN: 9780394499420.

Boas, Franz. " Changes in Bodily Form of Descendants of Immigrants ." American Anthropologist 14, no. 3 (1912): 530–62.

10 Power, discipline, and space

Buy at Amazon Foucault, Michel. "Panopticism." In Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison . Pantheon Books, 1977, pp. 195–231. ISBN: 9780394499420.

Shearing, Clifford D., and Phillip C. Stenning. " From the Panopticon to Disney World: the Development of Discipline ." Perspectives in Criminal Law: Essays in Honour of John LL.J. Edwards 45, no. 2 (1986): 334–5.

11 Interpretive turn: search for meaning

Buy at Amazon Geertz, Clifford. "Deep Play: Notes on Balinese Cockfight." In The Interpretation of Cultures . Basic Books, 1973, pp. 412–55. ISBN: 9780465034253. [Peview with Google Books ]

Fine, Gary Alan. "The Depths of Deep Play: The Rhetoric and Resources of Morally Controversial Leisure." Play & Culture 5 (1992): 246–51.

Millar, Susan. " On Interpreting Gender in Bugis Society ." American Ethnologist 10, no. 3 (1983): 477–93.

12 Agency, gender and culture Kaplan, Martha. " Panopticism in Poona: An Essay on Foucault and Colonialism ." Cultural Anthropology 10, no. 1 (1995): 85–98.
13 Laughter, carnival, and folk festivities Buy at Amazon Bakhtin, Mikhail. "Introduction." In Rabelais and His World . Indiana University Press, 1984, pp. 1–59. ISBN: 9780253348302.
14 Subculture and resistance [DH] pp. 1–45.
15 The meaning of style [DH] pp. 46–101.
16 Symbols and consumption

Buy at Amazon Kearney, Richard. "On Terror." In Strangers, Gods and Monsters: Interpreting Otherness . Routledge, 2002, pp. 109–41. ISBN: 9780415272575. [Preview with Google Books ]

Buy at Amazon Tuleja, Tad. "Trick or Treat: Pre-Texts and Contexts." In Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life . Edited by Jack Santino. University of Tennessee Press, 1994, pp. 82–94. ISBN: 9780870498121.

17 Student presentations

Clark, Cindy Dell. " Tricks of Festival: Children, Enculturation, and American Halloween ." Ethos 33, no. 2 (2005): 180–205.

Lam, Sunny S. K. "' Global Corporate Cultural Capital' as a Drag on Glocalization: Disneyland's Promotion of the Halloween Festival ." Media, Culture, and Society 32, no. 4 (2010): 631–48.

18 Student presentations (cont.) Buy at Amazon Kugelmass, Jack. "Wishes Come True: Designing the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade." In Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life . Edited by Jack Santino. University of Tennessee Press, 1994, pp. 187–215. ISBN: 9780870498121.
19 Student presentations (cont.) Buy at Amazon Belk, Russell W. "Carnival, Control, and Corporate Culture in Contemporary Halloween Celebrations." In Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life . Edited by Jack Santino. University of Tennessee Press, 1994, pp. 106–12. ISBN: 9780870498121.
20 No class—work on papers
21 Resistance and subversion [DH] pp. 101–40. Finish the book.
22 The fun of the politic and politics of fun

Bayat, Asef. " Islamism and the Politics of Fun ." Public Culture 19, no. 3 (2007): 433–59.

Buy at Amazon Rofel, Lisa. "Rethinking Modernity: Space and Factory Discipline in China." In Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology . Edited by Akhil Gupta and James Ferguson. Duke University Press Books, 1997, pp. 155–77. ISBN: 9780822319405. [Preview with Google Books ]

23 Gender, style, and space

Bhattacharjee, Anannya. " The Habit of Ex-Nomination: Nation, Woman, and the Indian Immigrant Bourgeoisie ." Public Culture 5, no. 1 (1992): 19–42.

Murray, Sarah E. " Dragon Ladies, Draggin' Men: Some Reflections on Gender, Drag and Homosexual Communities ." Public Culture 6, no. 2 (1994): 343–63.

24 Movie

View in class:

Trobriand Cricket . Directed by Gary Kildea and Jerry Leach. Color, 53 min. 1975.

Select clips from:

Memoirs of a Geisha . Directed by Rob Marshall. Color, 145 min. 2005.

Dersu Uzala . Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Color, 144 min. 1975.

25 Reading Buy at Amazon Bakhtin, Mikhail. "Popular-Festive Forms and Images in Rabelais." In Rabelais and His World . Indiana University Press, 1984, pp. 196–277. ISBN: 9780253348302.
26 Wrap-up