Daniel J Hoffman
"War and Society" The purpose of this course is to consider war not as the anti-thesis or break down of sociality but as a social process. Although we will examine the often asked question of why wars happen, we will focus more on what war as a cultural practice does and what it means to those involved. Throughout the term we will consider the relationship between violence and gender, national identity and citizenship, age, other forms of identity. Readings for the course are drawn from history, political science, and journalism, but we will concentrate on war as an object of anthropological inquiry. We will consider case-studies from a range of historical periods and geographic contexts.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This is a seminar course and the emphasis will be on group discussion.
Students should be prepared to discuss course readings in class.
Class assignments and grading