Jason P. De Leon
Introduces perspectives from sociocultural anthropology on the diversity and the dynamics of collective human life. Examines how individual lives are shaped by broader social and cultural contexts, how people make meaning, and how power relations work. Introduces ethnography as a method for documenting and understanding social and cultural life.
This course is an introduction to the some of the basic concepts, theories, and topics in sociocultural anthropology using case studies drawn from contemporary American culture (e.g., politics, music, art).
Some topics to be covered include the construction and deconstruction of race, 100 years of U.S. immigration and the evolution of national identity, same-sex marriage in the 21st century, and class and ethnic conflict in the working world.
Historical figures and topics to be discussed include Barack Obama, Charles Bukowski, Bob Dylan, Hilary Clinton, Alt-Country music, hip-hop in the 1980's, The Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Caesar Chavez, Fishbone, Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, the Civil Rights Movement, and many more.
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