South Asia through Anthropology
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Lang College
Course Number: LNGC 1512
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Cultural Studies
- Global Studies
This course will introduce students to anthropology as a discipline by focusing on a region, its conceptualization as a "culture" with particular attributes and the various interpretations of this region in genres of writing including ethnography, history, fiction, film and journalism. By studying the region through these different genres of writing and representation, students will learn to identify and distinguish the contributions of ethnography and its critical potential. Students will also learn how an anthropological mode of thinking about difference influences various forms of representation about a place and a people and how complex historical geographies come to be organized for study through a set of key concepts and categories. Topics will include nations, nationalism and colonial knowledge formation; caste, religion and ethnic identities; kinship, gender and economies of exchange; labor and modernization; mass, popular and public cultures; urbanism and globalization. The course will include writings on India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, covering issues of cultural and political significance not only within the region but reverberating beyond.
Open to Undergraduate students.
Open to Freshman students.