Courses: Ritual, Performance and Symbolic Practice (ANTHH327A01)

Fall 2008

This course examines theories of performance and practice as a way for understanding how specific events and actions relate to social structure, history, and memory. We will explore how bodies become produced and contested in the performance of political and personal productive and sensuous activity. The course's central thematic explores the tension between theories of performance and theories of practice which highlight key philosophical issues within anthropology and social thought more generally: power and its enactment, the relationship between personal experience and macro-sociological processes, the nature of consciousness, structure versus agency, and stasis versus change.

Prerequisites: One course in Anthropology or consent.

Fulfills: SO I

Location

Haverford, Gest 102

Meeting Times

T 7:30pm-10:00pm