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Daniel J Hoffman
ANTH 561
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Methods and Theories

Class description

"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.

Recommended preparation

Students should be prepared to discuss course readings in class.

Class assignments and grading


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 Daniel J Hoffman
Date: 10/22/2004