History of the culture concept and its use in the field of cultural anthropology. History of its emergence in European colonial expansion and contemporary debates about its place as the central concept defining the field of anthropology.
One major objective of this class is to look at how culture functions as a classificatory system that is entangled with knowledge and power. How does "culture" figure as a coordinate of modernity that is manifested in identity politics, economic exchange, and knowledge-production?
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