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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 21, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 6020 - History of Anthropological Thought


     
Fall. 6 credits. Letter grades only.

V. Munasinghe.

This course examines the history and development of anthropology as a discipline with emphasis on British social anthropology and American cultural anthropology.  The course will trace major schools of thought – Evolutionism, Funtionalism, and Structuralism– leading to the post-structural “critique of culture.” The latter part of the course will examine a range of  debates around anthropology’s method and claims to theory beginning with the reflexive turn.  Specifically, this part of the course will address how the recognition by anthropologists of the operations of power both in the “world out there” and “within anthropology” has led to diverse methodologies and theories that define contemporary anthropology.



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