Anthropology of Home
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NANT 3423
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Anthropology
  • Urban Studies
  • Global Studies
Description:
When we think of home, we typically envision spaces, sentiments, and relationships that are deeply personal, familiar, and familial. Yet these seemingly private spaces also are key sites through which we become national subjects and cultural citizens with specific gendered, classed, and culturally infused desires. How might we understand the relationship between domestic design, national anxieties, and intimate lives? This course provides students an introduction to the anthropology of home and explores sites that include living rooms in Hungary, dining rooms in Egypt, cramped quarters in Algeria, service entrances in Rio, and dens in New Jersey. Our readings examine topics that range from how kitchens and drawing rooms in Punjab have replaced national spaces of personal transformation to the ways that love and marriage in China have been recast amid the rise of homeownership. Final projects enable students to write about an aspect of home of their own choosing.
Course Open to: Degree Students