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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 17, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 7673 - [Body/Politics/Africa]

(crosslisted) ASRC 7673  
     
Fall. Next offered 2020-2021. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ANTHR 4673 /ASRC 4673 .

S. Langwick.

This course examines a range of texts that treat the body as the subject and object of social, cultural, and historical processes in Africa. Students investigate the cultivation of physical and social bodies through ethnographic and historical materials concerning healing and medicine, discipline and labor, and governance and religion. The production and reproduction of bodies and embodied practices have long been central to the way that power works in and beyond Africa. Our inquiry into contests over and reflections on African bodies opens up important questions about authority, resistance, agency and autonomy.



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