SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentInternational Doctor Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, First Year International Doctor Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Second Year
Course NameThe Research Theory of Ethonology
InstructorWORK COURTNEY KATHERINE
Credit3.0
Course TypeElective
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Course Schedule



This course will require approximately 6 hours of work each week, in addition to class time. 



 



Week 1: Introduction



10 September



 



Read:



Nader; Laura. 2011. “Ethnography as Theory.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 1(1):211. (http://www.haujournal.org/index.php/hau/article/view/hau1.1.008).



 



Lederman, Rena and Rena Lederman. 2017. “Remapping ‘Magic’: Extending the Terrain of an Already Capacious Category.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 7(3):373–375. (https://www.haujournal.org/index.php/hau/article/view/1275).



 



Jones, Graham M. 2017. “Magic, an Appreciation.” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 7(3):399–407. (https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.14318/hau7.3.026).



 



Introduce individual research projects and student/instructor interests



Course Objectives; ACE-A reading;



 



 



Week 2: Cultural Relativism, Function, and Structure



17 September



Beyond Phenology



        Boas, Franz. 1938. The Mind of Primitive Man. Preface and Introduction (Read)



Malinowski, Bronislaw. 1939. “The Group and the Individual in Functional Analysis.” American Journal of Sociology 44(6):938–64.



 



Further reading



Boas, Franz. 1974. “On Alternating Sounds.” Pp. 72–77 in A Franz Boas Reader. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.



Boas, Franz. 1940. “The Ethnological Significance of Esoteric Doctrines.” in Race, Language and Culture. New York: The Macmillan Co.



 



Week 3: Symbols and Interpretations



24 September                                                                                     



Beyond Structure and Function



Geertz, Clifford. Interpretation of Cultures. The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man; Thick Description



 



Significant Symbols



Douglas, Mary. Purity and Danger. Introduction, Chapter 1, Religious Uncleanness, Chapter 2, Secular Defilement.



 



Csordas, Thomas J. 2013. “Morality as a Cultural System?” Current Anthropology 54(5):523–46.



 



 



Week 4: Ritual and Magic



1 October



Ritual:



Bell; C. M. 1992. Ritual Theory; Ritual Practice. New York: Oxford University Press



 



Magic:



Taussig, Micheal. 2003. “Viscerality, Faith, and Skepticism: Another Theory of Magic.” in Magic and Modernity: Interfaces of Revelation and Concealment, edited by B.Meyer andP.Pels. Stanford: Stanford University Press.



 



Week 5: Structure Unbound



8 October



Symbols and Structures



Lévi-Strauss, C. 1963. The Structural Study of Myth. In Structural Anthropology. New York, London: Basic Books.



Levi-Strauss, C. (1973). Structuralism and ecology. Social Science Information, 12(1), 7–23.



 



Habitus



Bourdieu, P. 1999. Rethinking the State: Genesis and Structure of the Bureaucratic Field. In State/Culture: State-Formation after the Cultural Turn, ed. G. Steinmetz. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press.



 



Embodiment



Mauss; M. 1973. “Techniques of the Body ∗.” Economy and Society 2(1):70–88. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03085147300000003). (read)



 



Week 6: Frames, Liminality, and Anti-Structure



15 October



 



Frame Analysis



Goffman, Erving. 1974. Frame Analysis: An Essay on the Organization of Experience. New York: Harper & Row. Introduction and Chapter 7: Out-of-Frame.



 



Liminality and Anti-Structure



Turner, Victor Witter. 2008. The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure. New Brunswick, N.J: Aldine Transaction.



Chapter 3: Liminality and Communitas; Chapter 5: Hierarchy and Role Reversal



 



Week 7: Post and Multi



22 October



Post-Structural



Foucault, M. 1977. Discipline and Punish: the birth of the prison. New York: Pantheon Books.



 



Post-Colonial



Spivak, G. C. 1988. “Can the Subaltern Speak?” In Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, 271–312. University of Illinois Press.



 



Multi-Genders and Species



Haraway, D. J. 1991. “Animal Sociology and a Natural Economy of the Body Politic: A Political Physiology of Dominance”. In, Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The reinvention of nature. New York: Routledge.



 



 



Week 8: Gifts, Debt, and Markets



29 October



The Gift



Mauss, Marcel. 1967. [1950] The Gift: Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies. New York: Norton. Introduction, Chapter 1 and 2 (pp. 1-45).



Markets



Graeber, David. 1996. “Beads and Money: Notes toward a Theory of Wealth and Power.” American Ethnologist 23(1):4–24.



Debt



Gregory, Chris A. 2012. “On Money Debt and Morality: Some Reflections on the Contribution of Economic Anthropology.” Social Anthropology 20(4):380–96.



      



Week 9: Midterm Examination- No Class



Exam Due- 8 November, 5pm



 



Take-home exam



Open-book



Short Essay answers



 



 



Week 10: Ontologies



12 November



Read



Descola, Philippe. 2013. Beyond Nature and Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Introduction, Chapters 1-5 (p.10-69)



 



 



Week 11: Medical Ethnography



19 November



Read



Kleinman, Arthur. 1980. Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture: An Exploration of the Borderland between Anthropology, Medicine, and Psychiatry. University of California Press.



Read: Chapter 1: Orientations 1: The Problem, the Setting, and the Approach; Chapter 2: Orientations 2: Culture, Health Care Systems, and Clinical Reality; Chapter 4: The Cultural Construction of Illness Experience and Behavior, 1: Affects and Symptoms in Chinese Culture; and, skim Chapter 9: The Healing Process



 



 



 



Week 12: Environmental Ethnography



26 November



Read:



Hathaway, Michael. 2013. Environmental Winds: Making the global in southwest China. University of California Press.



Introduction and Chapters 1 and 3, skim the rest of the book for discussion



 



Week 13: Ethnography of Place



3 December



Read:



Dell’Orto, Alessandro. 2002. Place and Spirit in Taiwan: Tudi Gong in the stories, strategies, and memories of everyday life. London: RoutledgeCurzon.



Introduction, Chapter 1, 2, 4, 6.



 



 



Week 14: Urban Ethnography



10 December



Read:



Fassin, Didier. 2013. Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing. Malden, MA: Polity Press. Prologue, Chapter 1-5.



 



Week 15: Urban Ethnography



17 December



 



Read:



Fassin, Didier. 2013. Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing. Malden, MA: Polity Press. Chapter 6-7, and Conclusion.



 



Week 16: Multi-Ethnography



24 December



 



 



 



Tsing; Anna Lowenhaupt. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Read Part I: What’s Left?, and Part III: Disturbed Beginnings: Unintentional Design



 



Week 17: Course Review



31 December



Review:



        Final Exam review and Prep



        Take-home, open-book exam



 



Week 18: Final Exam- No Class



Exam Due 5pm 9 January


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

TBA


Requirement/Grading

Class Participation                                 25%



Mid-term short essay exam                            25%



Final short essay exam                          25%



Weekly Reading Summary                            25%


Textbook & Reference

Bell, Catherine M. 1992. Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice. New York: Oxford University Press. (optional)



Dell’Orto, Alessandro. 2002. Place and Spirit in Taiwan: Tudi Gong in the stories, strategies, and memories of everyday life. London: RoutledgeCurzon.



Fassin, Didier. 2013. Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing. Malden, MA: Polity Press.



Hathaway, Michael. 2013. Environmental Winds: Making the global in southwest China. University of California Press.



Kleinman, Arthur. 1980. Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture: An Exploration of the Borderland between Anthropology, Medicine, and Psychiatry. University of California Press.



Mauss, Marcel. 1967. [1950] The Gift: Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies. New York: Norton.



Tsing; Anna Lowenhaupt. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press.



These are all excellent and classic theoretical and ethnographic texts. Required readings will be supplied in PDF, but students are encouraged to own some of these works. 



 


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