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IFCO 2365 - Anthropology. Some keys to understanding mankind, cultural diversity and social forms

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies

Pre-requisite

aucun

Course Description

This course aims at portraying the major contributions of anthropology to the understanding of mankind and culture – in the broadest sense of the terms. Anthropological knowledge shared common subject-matters with other disciplines but has shed a specific light on social ties, power and order, mind and language, representations and beliefs, norms and institutions, bodily practices and ritualized actions… owing to these common interests, A special attention will be given to the ways anthropology has enduringly exchanged with other disciplines (sociology, history, political science, economy, psychology, law, linguistics, among others). A series of 12 thematic entries are proposed: they aim at introduce the key concepts and models, the main authors and crucial debates, the methodological resources of anthropology to students, and invited them to create a dialog with other fields of knowledge in Social Sciences and Humanities

Teachers

  • DUMESNIL, Choralyne M. (Avocate)
  • LE MEUR, Oona (Doctorante en Droit)
  • OBADIA, Lionel (Agent contractuel - enseignant-chercheur)

Course validation

2 papers: Mid-term: 8000 signes (30% de la note finale) Final: 15000 signes (70% de la note finale

Required reading

  • Copans, Jean, Introduction à l'ethnologie et à l'anthropologie: Domaines et approches, Paris : Armand
  • Kilani Mondher, Anthropologie: du local au global, Paris : Armand Colin, 2012
  • Obadia, Lionel, L'Anthropologie des religions, Paris : la Découverte, 2012
  • Weber, Florence, Brève histoire de l'anthropologie, Paris : Flammarion, 2015
  • Lévi-Strauss, Claude, Race et Histoire, Paris : Gallimard, 2007 (1ere édition 1961).

Plans de cours et bibliographies

  • Séance 1 : On the discovery and the “nature” of the Other: anthropology as discourse and thought
  • Séance 2 : Living and thinking as a “native” or as a “stranger”? the method of ethnography and the issues regarding knowledge
  • Séance 3 : Myths and symbols :  Narratives and Meaning as the world of Man
  • Séance 4 : Magic and religion: is/was the “Non-Western-indigenous” a Natural-Born Believer?
  • Séance 5 : Evolution of civilization : Making sense to Universal History
  • Séance 6 : Expanding and borrowing culture : diffusion and the mobility of ideas and things
  • Séance 7: Power, institutions and systems : the order in society and of society
  • Séance 8 Uncovering “structures” beneath society:  how limited is human creativity?
  • Séance 9 :  “After colonialism” : the new world geopolitical landscape and the end of primitivism
  • Séance 10 :  Writing cultures and textual authority:  who’s “culture” – the observer’s or the indigenous’?
  • Séance 11 : Reinventing “cultures”, “tribes” and ethnicity in a changing world: anthropology in the context of Modernity
  • Séance 12: Thinking locally in a global world (and reciprocally): the relevance and limits of anthropology in Globalization

Bibliographie

  • Copans, Jean, Introduction à l'ethnologie et à l'anthropologie: Domaines et approches, Paris : Armand Colin 2010      
  • Kilani Mondher, Anthropologie: du local au global, Paris : Armand Colin, 2012           
  • Obadia, Lionel, L’Anthropologie des religions, Paris : la Découverte, 2012     
  • Weber, Florence, Brève histoire de l’anthropologie, Paris : Flammarion, 2015
  • Lévi-Strauss, Claude, Race et Histoire, Paris : Gallimard, 2007 (1ere édition 1961).   

Lectures complémentaires (facultatif, ces lectures seront affichées sur le site Web)

  • Geertz, Clifford, The interpretations of culture, New York : Basic Books, 1973          
  • Levi-Strauss, Claude, La pensée sauvage, Paris : Plon, 1962           
  • Balandier, Georges, Anthropologie politique, Paris : Presses Universitaires de France, 2013 (1ere édition 1967)      
  • Geertz, Clifford, Local Knowledge.  Further Essays in Interpretive Anthropology, New York : Basic Books, 1983.
  • Appadurai, Arjun (ed), Globalization, Durham : Duke University Press,2001  
  • Amselle, jean-Loup, L’Occident décroché : enquête sur les postcolonialismes,  Paris : Stock, 2008.
  • Abeles, Marc, Anthropologie de la globalisation, Paris : Payot, 2008           
  • Haviland, William A., Prins, Harald E. L. Cutural anthropology : The Human Challenge, 14th edition, Wadsworth Publishing, 2013     
  • Godelier, Maurice, Au fondement des sociétés humaines : Ce que nous apprend l'anthropologie, Paris : Flammarion, 2010
  • Marcus, George E., Fischer, Michael M, Anthropology as Cultural Critique : An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences, Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1986.