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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21A.110 (Spring 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Anthropological Theory 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Anthropology 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Susan S. Silbey

     
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 21A.110 Anthropological Theory



    Spring 2003




    Course Highlights


    This course includes a general guide to reading social sciences texts effectively, located in the study materials section.


    Course Description


    This course introduces students to some of the major social theories and debates that inspire and inform anthropological analysis. Over the course of the semester, we will investigate a range of theoretical propositions concerning such topics as agency, structure, subjectivity, history, social change, power, culture, and the politics of representation. Ultimately, all theories can be read as statements about human beings and the worlds they create and inhabit. We will approach each theoretical perspective or proposition on three levels: (1) in terms of its analytical or explanatory power for understanding human behavior and the social world; (2) in the context of the social and historical circumstances in which they were produced; and (3) as contributions to ongoing dialogues and debate.


    *Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

     

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