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Yu Huang
ANTH 473
Seattle Campus

Anthropology of Science and Technology

Introduces the study of science and technology as social and cultural phenomena. Considers both theoretical and methodological questions. Readings include key texts from interdisciplinary field of science studies as well as selected ethnographic texts. Examples taken from U.S. society and other local contexts. Prerequisite: one 200-level ANTH course.

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This course explores the political, social, and animal "turns" that undergird science studies in the recent decades. Situated in anthropology's emic and anti-essentialist standpoints, it seeks to interrogate how concepts of reason and modernity, value and abstraction, as well as virtuality and life have mediated and reconstructed societies and cultures that complicate the binary divides between nature and culture, intellectual and manual labor, as well as between human and post-humans. This is a difficult course which will require heavy reading and critical thinking, yet should produce considerable reward in terms of understanding historical and present relations between theory and ethnography.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Yu Huang
Date: 05/06/2010