Social and Economic Anthropology
- familiarizes students with some core concepts, methods, ideas and works, which constitute the academic field of social/cultural anthropology.
- Familiarity with the main anthropological schools and the logic of development of anthropological theory
- Understanding of ethnographic research method
- Ability to apply conceptual tools of anthropology for studying basic problems of contemporary economic life
- What is Anthropology?Introduction. Universality of humanity and cultural variation. Anthropology and its neighbors. Institualization of anthropology: departments, museums and journals.
- Early history of AnthropologyColonial background. The White Man's Burden. Early Schools of Anthropology (Evolutionism, Diffusionism). Armchair Anthropology.
- Going to the fieldParticipant observation. Key concepts of anthropology: society, culture, context, holism, translation. Relativism and dangers of the normative approach. Functionalism: Malinowski and Radcliff-Brown
- Economic from Anthropological Point of ViewSubstantivists and formalists. Discussion of rationality of economical choice. M. Mauss: The Gift. Potlatch. Reciprocity. Inalienable possessions. М. Godelier. А. Weiner.
- Economic AnthropologyК. Polanyi. Modes of Exchange (Reciprocity, Redistribution, Market). M. Sahlins about the «Original Affluent Society».
- Kinship, marriage and familyNuclear family and other forms of family. Custom of exogamy. Incest. C. Levi-Strauss: Elementary Structures of Kinship (1949). Marriage as reciprocity. Cross-cousin marriage.
- Kinship as DescentKinship systems: Classificatory and Descriptive. “Blood” and “Social” Kinship. Main Kinship Systems (Sudanese, Hawaiian, Eskimo, Iroquois). Localities and lineages.
- Social Age and GenderUpbringing and coming of age. Initiation and rites de passage (A. van Gennep, V. Turner). Liminality
- Political AnthropologyMax Weber: forms of authority. Anthropological research in Africa, the 1940-60s. Acephalous societies. E. Evans-Pritchard. Political leadership in Melanesian and Polynesian societies (M. Sahlins).
- Discussion on “Primitive Mentality”Early Evolutionists on “Primitive Mentality”. Evans-Pritchard on rationality and types of knowledge. Time, Space, Colours as cultural facts: Sapir-Whorf hypothesis on linguistic relativity.
- Symbolic Anthropology and ClassificationsPrimitive classifications (Mauss and Durkheim). Symbolic anthropology of Mary Douglas (Purity and Danger)
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.3 * Exam + 0.5 * In-class Participation + 0.2 * Test in the end of the course
- Eriksen, T. H. (2015). Small Places, Large Issues - Fourth Edition : An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (Vol. 4th ed). London: Pluto Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1057037
- Adams, C., & Thompson, T. L. (2016). Researching a Posthuman World : Interviews with Digital Objects. London: Palgrave Pivot. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1353895
- Underberg, N. M., & Zorn, E. (2013). Digital Ethnography : Anthropology, Narrative, and New Media (Vol. 1st ed). Austin: University of Texas Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=548651