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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 24, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 4467 - Self and Subjectivity


(GB) (CA-AS)      
Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ANTHR 7467 .

A. Willford.

This course examines theories of subjectivity and self-formation from a comparative, ethnographic perspective. We begin by examining classic and contemporary phenomenological, psychodynamic, semiotic, structuralist, and post-structuralist theories of self and/or subject formation. Moving into the ethnographic literature, we assess the utility of these models for understanding the selves of others, particularly in critical juxtaposition to multiple and alternate theories of the self and/or person as understood in different cultures. By examining debates in the anthropology of emotion, cognition, healing, and mental health we bring into sharper focus the particular theoretical and empirical contributions (and/or limits and failures) of anthropologists towards developing a cross-cultural psychology.



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