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Social Anthropology in a Transnational World: Global Flows, Local Relations

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Kod przedmiotu: 4219-RS227 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 14.9 / (0319) Programy i kwalifikacje związane z naukami społecznymi, gdzie indziej niesklasyfikowane
Nazwa przedmiotu: Social Anthropology in a Transnational World: Global Flows, Local Relations
Jednostka: Ośrodek Studiów Amerykańskich
Grupy: Proseminaria badawcze (nauki społeczne) na studiach II stopnia
Proseminaria badawcze na studiach II stopnia
Przedmioty na studiach stacjonarnych II stopnia
Punkty ECTS i inne: 8.00
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
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Założenia (opisowo):

(tylko po angielsku) While the work of towering figures of 20th century anthropology, such as Bronisław Malinowski or Claude Levi Strauss, was enmeshed in larger theoretical paradigms (such as functionalism or structuralism), nowadays there is no one single grand theory that underpins anthropological research and “explains it all”. Anthropologists in the 21st century work more with concepts instead of theories. A concept is a heuristic tool; it serves as a window onto reality. It helps to understand what is going on on the ground, but every concept also has its limits. There exists no such a window that allows us to get a full view of the reality out there. Thus, researchers today create web of analytical concepts for their respective purposes. This is why anthropological training today entails an extensive survey of academic literature and picking up concepts that may prove useful later on, in the course of actual, empirical fieldwork. Thus, throughout this course, students will become acquainted with a vast array of anthropological concepts that will later became an integral part of their analytical toolbox.

Skrócony opis: (tylko po angielsku)

The course will be based on a close reading/watching of three monographs: A Kalahari Family documentary film by John Marshall and two books: Empire of Necessity by Greg Grandin as well as Evicted by Mathew Desmond. The ideas in these core works will be expanded by a set of additional readings, anchored mainly in anthropological research on the Americas.

The course comprises of four parts: I - Small Places, Big Questions (on research methods and how to tie micro and the macro, the empirical and the theoretical); ; II - Atlantic Connections (on how to move beyond methodological nationalism in do research from a global or trans-national perspective); III - The People Without History (on how to do bottom-up research on oral histories and life trajectories), IV – New Histories of Capitalism (on how to anthropological insights for historical research).

Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

The „People of Puerto Rico Project” (PPPP) became the cornerstone for the way social anthropology is practiced today in the U.S. and in the world at large. Unlike their British counterparts, the first American anthropologists did not have access to a really existing tribal or non-state society, as the Native American communities had been decimated by the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Hence, figures such as Franz Boas based their work on second-hand sources (such as oral histories) and developed cultural anthropology. Anthropology students who went to study Puerto Rico in the 1940s, on the other hand, went to analyze first-hand how US imperialism has produced and maintained a colony in the Caribbean. Two towering figures in US anthropology emerged from this experience: Eric Wolf and Sid Mintz. Both pioneered a bottom-up study of globalization and an analysis of how macro forces (predominantly known as capitalism) shape local realities on the ground. This course will follow in the wake of PPPP and will give students the necessary skills – both methodological and theoretical – for doing social anthropology in the 21st century.

A detailed course schedule (with a week-by-week themes and readings) will be provided a week before the course commences. All the readings will be provided by the instructor.

Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

Basic literature:

Baptist, Edward E. 2014. The Half Has Never Been Told : Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. New York: Basic Books.

Baucom, Ian. 2005. Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History. Durham: Duke University Press.

Bourgois, Philippe. 2003. In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio. Cambridge University Press.

Buck-Morss, Susan. c2009. Hegel, Haiti and Universal History. Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press.

Davis, Mike. 2018. Prisoners of the American Dream: Politics and Economy in the History of the US Working Class. Verso Books.

Desmond, Matthew. 2016. Evicted : Poverty and Profit in the American City. New York: Broadway Books.

Gilroy, Paul. 1993. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Verso.

Grandin, Greg. 2014. The Empire of Necessity: The Untold History of a Slave Rebellion in the Age of Liberty. London: Oneworld.

Ho, Karen. 2009. Liquidated : An Ethnography of Wall Street. Durham: Duke University Press.

Johnson, Walter. 2013. River of Dark Dreams : Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Kohn, Eduardo. 2013. How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human. Univ of California Press.

Mintz, Sidney Wilfred. 1986. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. New York: Penguin Books.

———. 2010. Three Ancient Colonies : Caribbean Themes and Variations. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Raffles, Hugh. 2014. In Amazonia: A Natural History. Princeton University Press.

Sennett, Richard. 1972. The Hidden Injuries of Class. CUP Archive.

Taussig, Michael T. 1980. The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Wolf, Eric R. 1990. Europe and the People Without History. Berkeley: University of California Press.

———. 1999. Envisioning Power: Ideologies of Dominance and Crisis. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Efekty uczenia się: (tylko po angielsku)

By the end of the course, students will have:

- a sound understanding of the research methods in contemporary social anthropology

-in-depth knowledge of anthropological body of research on the Americas

- an command of major theoretical concepts in today's social anthropology


By the end of the course, students will have:

- developed academic writing skills

- developed critical thinking skills

- developed in-class discussion skills

- developed a skill of an analysis of an academic text

Metody i kryteria oceniania: (tylko po angielsku)

The final grade will comprise of attendance and participatin in class discussions (20%), an in-class presentation of a prescribed texts (30%) and a final research paper (of up to 4 000 words).

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr zimowy 2019/20" (zakończony)

Okres: 2019-10-01 - 2020-01-27
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Typ zajęć: Konwersatorium, 45 godzin, 20 miejsc więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Kacper Pobłocki
Prowadzący grup: Kacper Pobłocki
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