This list relates to the academic year Academic Year 2013/14 which ended on 01/07/2014
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  1. Lecture 1: Course Introduction 1 item
    1. Cultural anthropology: a contemporary perspective - Keesing, Roger M., Strathern, Andrew c1998

      Book Recommended Sections 1,2 & 3.

  2. Lecture 2: What kind of animals are humans? Culture, language and mind 19 items
    This lecture and the next will introduce some of the key ways that people, from scientists to hunter-gatherers, describe the differences between people and other animals. This introduces aspects of the history of ideas about nature, culture and society that will recur during this term’s course. How do people conceptualise the difference between us and other animals, and how has this changed with time and place? What does the most recent scientific research have to say about it? What role does language play in human cultural distinctiveness? What is culture? How and why have anthropologists decided to study culture in the way they do?
    1. Required reading

    2. Tutorials 1, 2 read at least TWO readings for the tutorial/QATI on 12th Oct

    3. These lectures will introduce some of the key ways that people, from scientists to hunter-gatherers, describe the differences between people and other animals.

    4. Language, Anthropology and Cognitive Science - Maurice Bloch 1991

      Article Essential

    5. Why Humans Have Cultures - Michael Carrithers 1990

      Article Essential

    6. Chimpanzee and human culture - C. Boesch and M Tomasello

      Article Essential

    7. Recommended reading

    8. The impact of the concept of culture on the concept of man: chapter 2 - C Geertz

      Chapter Recommended PDF Available

    9. Introduction to Culture - Tim Ingold

      Chapter Recommended

    10. Theories of culture revisited - R. Keesing

      Chapter Recommended

    11. Ekila: blood, bodies, and egalitarian societies - Jerome Lewis 06/2008

      Article Recommended

    12. Body techniques - Marcel Mauss

      Chapter Recommended

    13. Language acquisition and socialization - E. Ochs, B. Schiefflin

      Chapter Recommended

    14. The language instinct: how the mind creates language - Pinker, Steven 2000

      Book Recommended Read Chapters 3 and 13

    15. Why animals have neither history nor culture - D. Premak, A.J Premak

      Chapter Recommended

    16. Understanding and sharing intentions: The origins of cultural cognition - Michael Tomasello, Malinda Carpenter, Josep Call, Tanya Behne 25/10/2005

      Article Recommended

  3. Lecture 3: People, Animals and Their Environments 0 items
    This lecture considers the range of ways that people conceive of their environments and the animals that are part of their environments. What do representations of animals in science, ritual, carvings and painting tell us about how animals are conceptualised? What are some of the ways that hunting people describe their relations with animals? In the second seminar, we shall watch an extraordinary film showing how San hunters in the Kalahari Desert read their environment and relate to the animals they must kill. (Please be punctual.)
  4. Tutorial 4: Egalitarian Societies in the Modern World 11 items
    In this seminar we will explore the most fundamental political distinction between human societies: whether they assert the equality of their members or enforce status positions that impose inequality between their members. What are the root causes of inequality in human societies? How are economic and political systems related? Is it possible to live in a non-hierarchic or egalitarian society? How are natural differences in ability prevented from becoming differences in status or outcome? How do people organise themselves without state institutions? Is gender equality possible? What are the key institutions of such societies? Are people simply nice to each other or does inequality require more active rejection?
    1. Required readings

      Read at least TWO readings for the tutorial.

    2. The original affluent society - Sahlins, M

      Chapter Essential

    3. OR reproduced and abridged with an introduction in :

    4. The original affluent society - Marshall Sahlins

      Chapter Essential Chapters 4 and 5

    5. Egalitarian societes revisited - Woodburn, J

      Chapter Essential

    6. Recommeded Readings: 3 items
      1. The headman was a woman: the gender egalitarian Batek of Malaysia - Endicott, Kirk M., Endicott, Karen Lampell c2008


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