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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 17, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 3516 - [Power, Society, and Culture in Southeast Asia]


(GB) (CA-AS)      
Fall. Next offered 2019-2020. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ANTHR 6516 .

M. Welker.

Examining the symbolic within cultural and social processes in Southeast Asia, anthropologists have produced contextually rich accounts of cultural uniqueness. Interpretive ethnographies tend, however, to downplay the role of power and domination. Using the traditional strengths of symbolic anthropology, this course examines how ritual, art, religion, and “traditional” values in contemporary Southeast Asian societies have been shaped by colonialism, war, nationalism, colonialism and socialism, and play a role in structuring ethnic, class, and gender inequalities. In addition to providing a broad and comparative ethnographic survey of Southeast Asia, this course investigates how culturally-specific forms of power and domination are reflected in national politics, and in local and regional responses to the economic and cultural forces of globalization.



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