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  2. Week 2 (Tutorial 1) AJ 2 items
    It might seem strange to start a semester which focuses on the ways that anthropology can intervene in the contemporary world with two older articles. However, Forsythe and Bohannan demonstrate well some ways in which anthropology goes beyond simply listen to what people say and watching what they do. This week I want you to ask, what makes anthropology, anthropological?
    1. “It's Just a Matter of Common Sense”: Ethnography as Invisible Work - Diana E. Forsythe 1999-3

      Article Essential Forsythe, Diana E. (1999). “It's just a matter of common sense”: Ethnography as invisible work. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 8(1), 127-145.

    2. Investigating culture: an experiential introduction to anthropology - Carol Lowery Delaney, Laura Bohannan 2004

      Book  Bohannan, Laura (1966). Shakespeare in the Bush. Natural history (August): 28-33. (also available in Delaney, C. & Deborah Raspin (eds), Investigating culture: an Experimental Introduction to Anthropology. 2017.)

  3. Week 3 (Tutorial 2) MD 2 items
    The tutorial this week will focus on debates about the nature of marriage stemming from the ethnography of the Caribbean and Indonesia, but potentially extendable to any non-heteronormative family configuration. Students should expect to engage in the debate engendered by Blackwood’s article and one or more of the commentaries written in response to it, in order to explore their own assumptions about the constitution of families.
    1. Wedding Bell Blues: Marriage, Missing Men, and Matrifocal Follies - Evelyn Blackwood 2005

      Article  Blackwood, Evelyn. (2005) Wedding bell blues: marriage, missing men, and matrifocal follies. American Ethnologist 32(1): 3-19.

    2. American Ethnologist, vol. 32(1)

      Journal  Plus at least one of the commentaries on this article in the same issue by Lewin, Lancaster, Strathern, Borneman, Boellstorff, Lamphere, or PeletZ … and Blackwood's rejoinder. Access via link below:

  4. Week 4 (Tutorial 3) MD 2 items
    This week’s tutorial will require students to consider how technology changes, or doesn’t change, particular modes of kinship-thinking. Much is made of the dramatic effects of reproductive technologies on how people conceive (pun intended) of kinship – but does technology really change anything, or does it instead underline how everything we might have thought was a biological relation was ultimately a legal one?
    1. Making 'Bad' Deaths 'Good': The Kinship Consequences of Posthumous Conception - 2660833.pdf - Bob Simpson

      Article  Simpson, Bob. (2001) Making ‘bad’ deaths ‘good’: the kinship consequences of posthumous conception. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 7(1): 1-18.


      Unnithan, Maya. (2013) Thinking through surrogacy legislation in India: reflections on relational consent and the rights of infertile women. Journal of Legal Anthropology 1(3): 287-313.


  5. Week 5 (Tutorial 4) SH 2 items
    What is Benjamin Whorf’s hypothesis about language (the Sapir Whorf Hypothesis)? What is Noam Chomsky’s theory of Universal Grammar? How does Daniel Everett’s analysis of the Piraha language challenge Chomsky’s view of language? If Everett is correct, what are the implications of the loss of linguistic diversity around the globe for our understanding of human diversity?
    1. The Relation of Habitual Thought and Behavior to Language - Benjamin Whorf

      Chapter  Benjamin Whorf, “The Relation of Habitual Thought and Behavior to Language” In: J. B. Carroll (ed.) Language, Thought, and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf (Cambridge, MIT Press: 1956), pp. 139 – 159

  6. Week 6 (Tutorial 5) SH 4 items
    What is “writing”? Is it necessarily phonetic? How does Boone define writing? What is her typology of writing throughout indigenous America? What does Adams mean by the “Inka paradox”? How do Inka khipus fit into our understanding of Amerindian communication systems? If we consider only phonetic graphic systems to be “writing”, are we distorting the nature of Amerindian graphic communication? Why does Boone believe that historians and anthropologists must consult histories that “are painted, knotted, and threaded”?
    1. The Cultural Category of Scripts, Signs and Pictographies - Elizabeth Boone

      Chapter  Elizabeth Hill Boone, “The Cultural Category of Scripts, Signs, and Pictographies” In: Their Way of Writing: Scripts, Signs, and Pictographies in Pre-Columbian America. Edited by Elizabeth Hill Boone and Gary Urton (Washington DC, Dumbarton Oaks, 2011), pp. 379-390.

    2. Questioning the Inca Paradox: Did the civilization behind Machu Picchu really fail to develop a written language? - Mark Adams July 12, 2011

      Article  Mark Adams, “Questioning the Inca Paradox: Did the civilization behind Machu Picchu really fail to develop a written language?” Slate, July 12, 2012.

    3. Reforming Relativists: Debates over Literacy and Difference - Sangeeta Luthra 1995

      Article  Sangeeta Luthra, "Reforming Relativists: Debates over Literacy and Difference", Cultural Critique, Winter, 183-208, 1994.

  7. Week 7 (Tutorial 6) TC 2 items
    What might a Pacific view of climate change look like? The low lying atolls and islands of the Pacific are in the frontline of rising sea levels due to global warming. Some of the region's peoples have become the first climate change refugees, and some governments are making provisions for having to relocate populations. But for peoples whose connection to the land and ancestor is integral to their being, moving away from the land is easier said than done: some of the Carteret islanders returned from temporary relocation in Bougainville. What issues do Pacific Islanders face as a consequence of climate change? How have Pacific peoples received and interpreted global narratives about island loss and mass migration? Does climate change also stand for wider social and economic problems caused by globalisation? How does the Pacific balance vernacular explanations of climate change in terms of cultural and Biblical narratives when it portrays the impacts of global warming and engages scientific explanations of climate change?
    1. Eco-theological Responses to Climate Change in Oceania - Cecilie Rubow, Cliff Bird 2016

      Article  Rubow, C. and Bird, Cliff. 2016 'Eco-theological Responses to Climate Change in Oceania', Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 150 – 168.

    2. Climate change and anthropology: The importance of reception studies (Respo... 2011

      Article  Rudiak-Gould, P. 2011. 'Anthropology and Climate Change: The Importance of Reception Studies', Anthropology Today, 27:2, pp 9-12.

  8. Week 8 (Tutorial 7) TC 2 items
    Hulme argues that 'climate change is not “a problem” waiting for “a solution”. It is an environmental, cultural and political phenomenon that is reshaping the way we think about ourselves, about our societies and about humanity’s place on Earth'. Why is it then, that taking seriously vernacular conceptualisations and cultural histories (whether Pacific or Euro-American) appears to some as either doubting or taking away from the reality of climate change? Does anthropology start by accepting the scientific explanation of climate change, and then look at culture after the fact? In other words, is the anthropology of climate change merely superficial when it comes to 'culture'?
    1. 'Why we disagree about climate change?' - M Hulme

      Document  Hulme, M. 2009. 'Why we disagree about climate change?', The Carbon Yearbook, pp41-43.

  9. Week 9 (Tutorial 8) CL 2 items
    In recent years zombies are employed in films like World War Z or TV Series like The Walking Dead as metaphors of contagion, and of societies collapsing under the burden of epidemic disease. This tutorial will discuss how this popular mode of representation may help us approach critically our own perception of disease and its relation to society.
    1. The Epidemiologist as Culture Hero: Visualizing Humanity in the Age of “the... - Christos Lynteris 2016

      Article Essential Christos Lynteris, ‘The Epidemiologist as Culture Hero: Visualizing Humanity in the Age of “the Next Pandemic”,’ Visual Anthropology 29: 1 (January 2016): 36-53.

    2. The Walking Dead: The Anthropocene as a Ruined Earth - Nicholas Beuret, Gareth Brown 2017

      Article  Nicholas Beuret & Gareth Brown, ‘The Walking Dead: The Anthropocene as a Ruined Earth,’ Science as Culture 26: 3 (2017)

  10. Week 10 (Tutorial 9) RR 2 items
    TThis tutorial will focus on the role of borders and border crossings in the social construction of migrant ‘illegality’. Key themes to explore throughout the tutorial are those of deportability, ‘illegalisation’ and ethnicity, through a focus on particular ethnographic studies. Some questions the tutorial will address: What role do borders play in the representation of ‘illegality’ within the experience of transnational migration? How is ‘deportability’ connected to the constitution of the nation-state? How do migrants navigate the spaces between ‘legality’ and ‘illegality’ in the process of border crossing?
    1. Time and the Migrant Other: European Border Controls and the Temporal Economics of Illegality - Ruben Andersson 12/2014

      Article  Andersson, R. 2014. Time and the migrant other: European border controls and the temporal economics of illegality. American Anthropologist 116:4, 795-809

    2. Migrant "Illegality" and Deportability in Everyday Life - 4132887.pdf - N. P. De Genova

      Article  De Genova, N. P. 2002. Migrant “Illegality” and Deportability in Everyday Life. Annual Review of Anthropology 31:419-447

  11. Week 11 (Tutorial 10) RR 2 items
    This tutorial will explore the ways in which transnational humanitarian aid is connected to the politicisation of human suffering. Firstly, we will look at (and critique) the construction of the North-South divide within the provision of international humanitarian aid, and explore the role of anthropologists within this process. Secondly, we will explore the gendered dimensions embedded within the politics of humanitarianism.
    1. Speechless Emissaries: Refugees, Humanitarianism, and Dehistoricization - L. Malkki 1996

      Article  Malkki, L. 1996. Speechless emissaries: refugees, humanitarianism, and dehistoricization. Cultural Anthropology. 11:377–404

  12. Essay 1 Readings 12 items
    DUE by 23.59 on 11th March 2018
    1. 1. Should all anthropologists be activists? Discuss with reference to at least two different recommended readings. 5 items
      1. Dark anthropology and its others: Theory since the eighties - Sherry B. Ortner 2016

        Article  Ortner, S., 2016. “Dark anthropology and its others: Theory since the eighties”. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 6(1), 47-73.

      2. Activist Research v. Cultural Critique: Indigenous Land Rights and the Contradictions of Politically Engaged Anthropology - C. Hale 2006

        Article  Hale, C.R., 2008. “Activist Research v. Cultural Critique: Indigenous Land Rights and the Contradictions of Politically Engaged Anthropology”. Cultural Anthropology, 21(1): pp 96-120

      3. The Primacy of the Ethical: Propositions for a Militant Anthropology - N. Scheper-Hughes 1995

        Article  Scherper-Hughes, N. 1995. “The Primacy of the Ethical: Propositions for a Militant Anthropology”. Current Anthropology, 36(3): 409-440.

      4. Defining a Collaborative Ethnography - E. Lassiter

        Chapter  Lassiter: E. 2005. “Defining a Collaborative Ethnography” in Lassiter, The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography; Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


        Speed, S., 2008. "Forged in Dialogue: Toward a Critically Engaged Activist Research." In Engaging Contradictions: Theory, Politics and Methods of Activist Scholarship. Charles R. Hale, ed. Pp. 213–236. Berkeley: University of California Press.


    2. 2. Has the anthropological study of kinship made the concept of 'the family' more precise, or caused it to disappear altogether? Discuss with reference to at least two different recommended readings 7 items
      1. The gender/sexuality reader: culture, history, political economy - Roger N. Lancaster, Micaela Di Leonardo 1997

        Book  • Collier, J., Michelle Z. Rosaldo, and Sylvia Yanagisako. 1997. Is there a family? New anthropological views. In Barrie Thorne and Marilyn Yalom (eds) Rethinking the Family, Northeastern University Press 1992, pp. 25-39. Also in Roger N. Lancaster and Micaela di Leonardo (eds) The Gender/Sexuality Reader, Routledge 1997, pp. 71-81.

      2. Naturalizing power: essays in feminist cultural analysis - Sylvia Junko Yanagisako, Carol Lowery Delaney, Phyllis Pease Chock, American Anthropological Association. Meeting 1995

        Book  Weston, Kath. 1995. “Forever is a long time: romancing the real in gay kinship ideologies”. In S.J. Yanagisako and C.L. Delaney (eds), Naturalizing Power: Essays in Feminist Cultural Analysis. Routledge, pp. 87-110.

      3. A Transnational Perspective on Divorce and Marriage: Filipina Wives and Workers - Nicole Constable 2003

        Article  Constable, N. 2003. “A transnational perspective on divorce and marriage: Filipina wives and workers”. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 10(2): 163-180.

      4. Taking Love Seriously in Human-Plant Relations in Mozambique: Toward an Anthropology of Affective Encounters - Julie Archambault 2016

        Article  Archambault, J. S., 2016. “Taking love seriously in human-plant relations in Mozambique: toward an anthropology of affective encounters”. Cultural Anthropology 31(2): 244-271.

  13. 3. People who speak radically different languages perceive and think about the world quite differently".  Discuss with reference to at least two different recommended readings. 7 items
    1. The Wonder of the Ethnosphere - Wade Davis

      Chapter  Davis, W., 2007. “The Wonder of the Ethnosphere” In: Wade Davis, Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures. (Douglas &McIntyre), pp. 1-14.

    2. When languages die: the extinction of the world's languages and the erosion of human knowledge - K. David Harrison 2007 (electronic book)

      Book  Harrison, K D., 2007. “A World of Many (Fewer) Voices” In: K. David Harrison, When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge. (Oxford U. Press), pp. 2-21.

    3. Language, thought, and reality: selected writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf - Benjamin Lee Whorf 1956 (electronic book)

      Book  Whorf, B., “The Relation of Habitual Thought and Behavior to Language” In: J. B. Carroll (ed.) Language, Thought, and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf (Cambridge, MIT Press: 1956), pp. 139 – 159.

  14. Essay 2 Readings 11 items
    DUE by 23.59 on 15th April 2018
    1. 4. Contagion” is not only a mode of transmission but also a way of understanding human sociality. Discuss with reference to at least three of the recommended readings. 5 items
      1. Introduction: The Challenge of the Epidemic Corpse - Christos Lynteris, Nicholas H. A. Evans

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book

      2. Contagious: cultures, carriers, and the outbreak narrative - Priscilla Wald 2008

        Book  Introduction & Chapter 1 [Available in the Library and as an e-book]

      3. Introduction: The Hydra of Contagion - Bruce Magnusson, Zahi Zalloua

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book

    2. 5. How is climate change connected to cosmology in the Pacific? 6 items
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