Course Instructor: Jordan Haug
Meeting Times: MWF, 11-11:50pm, 3-3:50pm.
Office Location: [zoom]
Office Hours: [zoom; by appointment].
This course is certified to fulfill both the GE Social Science and Global & Cultural Awareness requirements.
- An introduction to social and cultural anthropology. We will be discussing the central topics and themes of anthropological inquiry and what it means to “think like an anthropologist.”
- The central debates of the discipline. This will include the competing theoretical and methodological perspectives in the discipline.
- Applied anthropology. We will be discussing how anthropological knowledge and perspectives can contribute to a wide array of vocational and everyday life applications.
COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will learn how to:
- Use holistic anthropological insights in understanding complex world problems.
- Use anthropological methods, such as ethnography, to address practical problems.
- Develop critical reasoning skills through reading, writing, and group discussions.
- Acquire an informed awareness of other cultural worlds- an appreciation of other ways of being human-of believing, behaving, and belonging, including their kinship organization and ritual, economic, and political practices.
- Learn to see personal beliefs, values, attitudes, and conduct-including kinship organization and ritual, economic and political practices from the perspective of people with different ideas about the way the world works.
- Grasp the social scientific principles and reasoning involved in ethnography, and recognize the value, limitations, and ethical implications of this way of making sense of social conduct.
Required Text (3 books)
- Godelier, M. (2011). The Metamorphoses of Kinship, Trans. N. Scott. London: Verso.
- Hardin, J. (2018). Faith and the Pursuit of Health: Cardiometabolic Disorders in Samoa. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
- Robbins, J. (2020). Theology and the Anthropology of Christian Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Please review the BYU Foundations Documents and reflect on how these objectives are in line with the principles taught in those documents.
Please read the newsletter guide, “How to Build a Class Schedule,” which states: “BYU expects students to spend at least 2 hours doing work outside of class for every hour in class.” This is a three-credit course, so you should be spending at least 6 hours on coursework outside of the lecture, per week.
In your Inquizitive assignments, you’ll be able to answer questions until you receive 100% of the credit for the exam. You should be able to get 100% relatively quickly, but if you get questions wrong or give your correct answers a low confidence level, then you’ll have to answer far more questions until you get 100%.
The most important thing to remember about your Perusall assignments is that you are not only graded on the number of comments or annotations you make in the assignment, but you are also graded on how thoroughly you read the assignment. If you skimmed the assignment you may be penalized much as 60% of the grade.
30% of your grade is completing the assignment (including reading or watching/listening to the whole thing).
30% of your grade is based on how long you spent on the assignment (you’re only penalized for not reading long enough).
40% of your grade is based on completing your annotations and their quality (there is a scale of 1-5 on quality of annotations).
You may be penalized as much as 20% of your grade if your annotations are not evenly spaced throughout the reading or video.
The final due dates for every assignment are at the end of the month that the in question assignment appears. For example, the final due date for an assignment that appears on Feb. 1st or on Feb. 26th is the same. I will no longer accept those assignments after Feb. 28th at 11:59 pm. There are no exceptions. Please consider completing your assignments on time, as you’re more likely to get your grades promptly and will be able to keep up on the accumulating work over the month. Please do not procrastinate in completing your weekly assignments.
The grades for each month will be posted at the end of the first week of each month. If you complete your work early, your grades may appear early.
The instructions for each assignment and the rubric for its grade will be clearly posted with each assignment. For many of these assignments there is a base requirement to comment on the text you’ve read, but your reading time and quality of engagement, not just quantitative comments, are also graded. Please consider that when completing your assignments. You cannot skim the readings and still get a good grade on that assignment.
Please consider reading the BYU newsletter guide, “How to Build a Class Schedule.” This is a three-credit course, so you should be spending between 6 and 9 hours on coursework outside of the lecture, per week. Some weeks it will be on the high end of those 9 hours, and on others, it will be on the low end of those 6 hours.
Lastly, if there is an error in the recording of your grade, your TA should be notified and they can remedy the situation. If they do not respond, please contact the head TA (Sonja Smith) and me. Neither your TA nor I will reconsider your grade based on your expectations of what you deserve. If you press your TA or me for a better grade without specifically pointing to an error in the recording of your grade, then you will be reported to the Honor Code Office. Please remember that under the Honor Code “disruptive student conduct” includes “Repeated unwanted contact, including stalking, harassing telephone calls or email. (Also includes threatening or harassing behavior directed toward a faculty member in response to grades issued or performance valuated).”
Jan 6 (M)- Seminar: Syllabus and Course Introduction
Jan 8 (W)- Seminar: What is Religion?
- Everyone: Read— Henninger-Rener, S. (2017). “Religion.” In N. Brown, et al., Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology. Arlington: American Anthropological Association.
Jan 10 (F)- Seminar: Freemasonry, A Religion?
- Everyone: Watch— Hall, M.C. (2006). Mysteries of the Freemasons. New York: A&E Television Networks.
- Everyone: Read— Selections from MacNulty, W.K. (2006). Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrecy, Significance. London: Thames & Hudson.
Jan 13 (M)- Seminar: Does Religiosity Make Us Moral?
- Everyone: Listen— Vendatum, R., et al. (2018, Jul. 16). Creating God. The Hidden Brain [53 mins].
- Everyone: Read— Ely, J. (2017). “‘Religion Makes People Moral’.” In B. Stoddard & C Martin, eds, Stereotyping Religion: Critiquing Clichés. Pp, 41-54. London: Bloomsbury.
Jan 15 (W)- Seminar: Religion as a Problem
- Group A: Read— Pals, D.L. (2006). Chapter 1: “Animism and Magic: E.B. Tylor and J.G. Frazer.” In Eight Theories of Religion, Pp.18-52. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Group B: Read— Pals, D.L. (2006). Chapter 2: “Religion and Personality: Sigmund Freud.” In Eight Theories of Religion, Pp.53-84. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Jan 17 (F)- Seminar: Society, the Sacred, and Social Action
- Group A: Read— Pals, D.L. (2006). Chapter 3: “Society as Sacred: Émile Durkheim.” In Eight Theories of Religion, Pp. 85-117. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Group B: Read— Pals, D.L. (2006). Chapter 5: “A Source of Social Action: Max Weber.” In Eight Theories of Religion, Pp. 149-192. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Jan 20 (M)- Holiday [No Seminar]
Jan 22 (W)- Seminar: On Magic and Myth
- Group A: Read— Tambiah, S.J. (1990). Chapter 4: “Malinowski’s demarcations and his exposition of the magical art.” In Magic, science, religion, and the scope of rationality, Pp. 65-83. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Group B: Read— Strenski, I. (1992). “Introduction: Malinowski and Myth,” In Malinowski and the Work of Myth, Pp. xi-xxxii. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Jan 24 (F)- Seminar: Society’s ‘Construct of the Heart’
- Everyone: Read— Pals, D.L. (2006). Chapter 7: “Society’s ‘Construct of the Heart: E.E. Evans-Pritchard.” In Eight Theories of Religion, Pp. 229-259. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Jan 27 (M)- Seminar: Ritual Practice as Transformation
- Group A: Read— Turner, V. (1969). “Liminality and Communitas.” In The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure, Pp. 94-113, 125-130. Chicago: Aldine Publishing [Abridged].
- Group B: Read— Turner, V. (1965). “Ritual Symbolism, Morality, and Social Structure among the Ndembu.” In M. Fortes & G. Dieterlen, eds., African Systems of Thought, Pp. 79-91. London: International African Institute & Oxford University Press.
Jan 31 (W)- Seminar: Problems of Belief, Colonialism, and Madness
- Group A: Read— Engelke, M. (2003). The problem of belief: Evans–Pritchard and Victor Turner on ‘the inner life’. Anthropology Today 8(3): 3-8.
- Group B: Read— Stoller, P. (1992). “Les maîtres fous.” In The Cinematic Griot: The Ethnography of Jean Rouch, Pp. 145-160. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Jan 24 (F)- Seminar: Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw Shamanism
- Everyone: Read— Quesalid (1930). “I Desired to Learn the Ways of the Shaman.” In The Religion of the Kwakiutl Indians, Vol. II, Pp. 1-41. New York: Columbia University Press [Abridged].
Feb 3 (M)- Seminar: Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw Cosmology and Ritual Dances
- Everyone: Read— Selections from Hawthorn, A. (1979). Kwakiutl Art. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
- Everyone: Read— Selections from Curtis, E. (1915). The North American Indian, Vol. X. Norwood: Plimpton Press.
Feb 5 (W)- Seminar: The Sorcerer and His Magic
- Everyone: Read— Lévi-Strauss, C. ( 1963). “The Sorcerer and His Magic.” In Structural Anthropology, Trans. C. Jacobson & B.G. Schoepf, Pp. 167-185. New York: Basic Books.
Feb 7 (F)- Seminar: Totemism, Myth, and Structuralism
- Everyone: Read— Selections from Wiseman, B. & J. Groves (1997). Introducing Lévi-Strauss. New York: Totem Books.
Feb 10 (M)- Seminar: The Pragmatics of Magic
- Everyone: Read— Tambiah, S. (1973). “Form and Meaning in Magical Acts.” In R. Horton & R. Finnegan, eds., Modes of Thought: Essays on Thinking in Western and Non-Western Societies, Pp. 199-229. London: Faber & Faber [Abridged].
Feb 12 (W)- Seminar: Content and Form in Myth
- Group A: Read— Leach, E. (2000 ). “Genesis as Myth.” In S. Hugh-Jones & J. Laidlaw, eds., The Essential Edmund Leach, Vol. II: Culture and Human Nature, Pp. 29-40. New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Group B: Read— Douglas, M. (1999). “Preface” and “Land Animals, Pure and Impure,” In Leviticus as Literature, Pp. v-viii, 134-151. Oxford: Oxford University Press [Abridged].
Feb 14 (F)- Seminar: Millennarian Movements
- Everyone: Read— Crooker, W.H. (1967). “The Canela Messianic Movement: An Introduction.” In H. Lent, ed., Atas do Simpósio sobre a Biota Amazônica, Vol. II: Antropologia, Pp. 69-83. Rio de Janeiro: Conselho Nacional de Pesquisas.
Feb 18 (T)- Seminar: The Logic of Myth, History, and Gender
- Everyone: Read— Canerio da Cunha, M. (1973). Logique du mythe et de l’action: Le mouvement messianique canela de 1963. L’Homme 13(4): 5-37 [English translation by Jordan Haug].
Feb 19 (W)- Seminar: Phenomenology of Aboriginal Iconography and Myth
- Group A: Read— Munn, N. (1970). “The Transformation of Subjects into Objects in Walbiri and Pitjantjatjara Myth.” In R.M. Berndt, ed., Australian Aboriginal Anthropology: Modern Studies in the Social Anthropology of the Australian Aborigines, Pp. 141-163. Nedlands: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies & The University of Western Australia Press.
- Group B: Read— Munn, N. (1973). “The Spatial Presentation of Cosmic Order in Walbiri Iconography.” In A. Forge, ed., Primitive Art & Society, Pp. 193-220. London: Wenner-Gren Foundation & Oxford University Press.
Feb 21 (F)- Seminar: Ritual in the Making of Humanity
- Everyone: Read— Segal, R.A. (2009) “Religion as ritual: Roy Rappaport’s changing views from Pigs for the ancestors (1968) to Ritual and religion in the making of humanity (1999).” In M. Strausberg, ed., Contemporary Theories of Religion: Critical Companion, Pp. 66-82. New York: Routledge.
Feb 24 (M)- Seminar: What Ritual Communicates
- Everyone: Read— Robbins, J. (2001). Ritual Communication and Linguistic Ideology: A Reading and Partial Reformulation of Rappaport’s Theory of Ritual. Current Anthropology 42(5): 591-614.
Feb 26 (W)- Seminar: Ritual and Oratory
- Everyone: Read— Stasch, R. (2011). Ritual and Oratory Revisited: The Semiotics of Effective Action. Annual Review of Anthropology 40(1): 159–174.
- Everyone: Read— Knowlton, D. (1991). Belief, Metaphor, and Rhetoric: The Mormon Practice of Testimony Bearing. Sunstone 81(April): 20-27.
Feb 28 (F)- Seminar: The Zafimaniry Question
- Everyone: Read— Cannell, F. (2007). “How Does Ritual Matter.” In R. Astuti, J. Parry, & C. Stafford, eds., Questions of Anthropology, Pp. 105-136. Oxford: Berg.
Mar 2 (M)- Seminar: The Queen
- Group A: Read– Leach, E. (2000 ). “Once a Knight is Quite Enough.” In S. Hugh-Jones & J. Laidlaw, eds., The Essential Edmund Leach, Vol II: Anthropology and Society, Pp. 194-209. New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Group B: Read– Throop, J. & A. Duranti. (2015). Attention, ritual glitches, and attentional pull: the president and the queen. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 14: 1055-1082.
Mar 4 (W)- Seminar: Hierarchy
- Everyone: Read– Strenski, I. (2008). “A Contrarian’s Most Contrarian Notion: Dumont on Hierarchy.” In Dumont on Religion: Difference, Comparison, Transgression, Pp. 21-49. London: Equinox.
Mar 6 (F)- Seminar: Individualism
- Everyone: Read– Strenski, I. (2008). “Our Individualism and Its Religious Origins.” In Dumont on Religion: Difference, Comparison, Transgression, Pp. 51-87. London: Equinox.
Mar 9 (M)- Seminar: Morality, Tolerance, and Recognition
- Everyone: Read– Strenski, I. (2008). “Dumont’s Morality and Social Cosmology.” In Dumont on Religion: Difference, Comparison, Transgression, Pp. 119-135. London: Equinox.
Mar 11 (W)- Seminar: Ordinary Ethics and Moral Values
- Group A: Read– Das, V. (2013). “Violence and nonviolence at the heart of Hindu ethics.” In M. Jurgensmeyer, M. Kitts & M. Jerryson, eds., The Oxford handbook of religion and violence, Pp., 15-41. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Group B: Read– Robbins, J. (2013). What is the matter with transcendence? On the place of religion in the new anthropology of ethics. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 22(4): 767-781.
Mar 13 (F)- Seminar: Ritual and Shamanism in the Hmong Diaspora
- Everyone: Watch– McSilver, J. & T. Siegel (2001). The split horn: Life of a Hmong shaman in America. New York: Filmakers Library [57 mins].
Mar 16 (M)- Seminar: Moral Realism
- Everyone: Read– Hickman, J. (2019). “Culture and Hermeneutic Moral Realism.” In B.D. Slife & S.C. Yanchar, eds., Hermenutic Moral Realism in Psychology: Theory and Practice, Pp. 51-67. New York: Routledge.
Mar 18 (W)- Seminar: Apocalyptic Ritual
- Everyone: Read– Hickman, J. & J. Webster (In press). “Millenarianism.” In J. Robbins & S. Coleman, eds., The Oxford Handbood for the Anthropology of Religion.
Mar 20 (F)- Seminar: [No classes]
Mar 23 (M)- Seminar: Melanesian Utopias
- Everyone: Read– Haug, J. (Forthcoming). “Where, What, and When is Heaven? Desiring Something Different in Papua New Guinea.” Special Issue on Comparative Millenarianisms.
Mar 25 (W)- Seminar: At the Mountains’ Altar, p. 1
- Everyone: Read– Salomon, F. (2018). Introduction and Chapter 1 of At the Mountains’ Altar: Anthropology of Religion in an Andean Community. New York: Routledge.
Mar 27 (F)- Seminar: At the Mountains’ Altar, p. 2
- Everyone: Read– Salomon, F. (2018). Chapter 2 of At the Mountains’ Altar: Anthropology of Religion in an Andean Community. New York: Routledge.
Mar 30 (M)- Seminar: At the Mountains’ Altar, p. 3
- Everyone: Read– Salomon, F. (2018). Chapter 3 of At the Mountains’ Altar: Anthropology of Religion in an Andean Community. New York: Routledge.
Apr 1 (W)- Seminar: At the Mountains’ Altar, p. 4
- Everyone: Read– Salomon, F. (2018). Chapter 4 of At the Mountains’ Altar: Anthropology of Religion in an Andean Community. New York: Routledge.
Apr 3 (F)- Seminar: At the Mountains’ Altar, p. 5
- Everyone: Read– Salomon, F. (2018). Chapter 5 of At the Mountains’ Altar: Anthropology of Religion in an Andean Community. New York: Routledge.
Apr 6 (M)- Seminar: At the Mountains’ Altar, p. 6
- Everyone: Read– Salomon, F. (2018). Chapter 6 of At the Mountains’ Altar: Anthropology of Religion in an Andean Community. New York: Routledge.
Apr 8 (W)- Seminar: At the Mountains’ Altar, p. 7
- Everyone: Read– Salomon, F. (2018). Chapter 7 of At the Mountains’ Altar: Anthropology of Religion in an Andean Community. New York: Routledge.
Apr 10 (F)- Seminar: What It Means to “Fall in Love”
- Group A: Read– Haug, J. (forthcoming). “How to Win Friends and Influence People in Papua New Guinea.” Manuscript.
- Group B: Read– Haug, J. (forthcoming). “Getting Caught By the Holy Spirit, and other Kinds of Fishing.” Manuscript.
Apr 13 (M)- Seminar: Hoodoo
- Everyone: Read– Selections from Hurston, Z.N. (1995). Folklore, Memoirs, & Other Writings. New York: Library of America.
Apr 8 (W)- Seminar: Vodou
- Everyone: Read– Selections from Hurston, Z.N. (1995). Folklore, Memoirs, & Other Writings. New York: Library of America.
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