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Title: AT4514 Advanced Theory Lecture 1


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AT4514 Advanced Theory Lecture 1
  • If this is the world we live
  • Bunting
  • Foucault (Slides)
  • Strathern and ways of life
  • Ten years off your life
  • Democracy
  • Colonialism and global governance
  • How to do anthropology agency and determination

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  • Michel Foucault attempted to demonstrate in The
    order of things that the very figure of Man as
    a historically situated discursive invention less
    than two hundred years old, not a millennial fact
    that anthropology simply took up as its object of
    study. Foucault famously concluded his book by
    wondering

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  • If those arrangements were to disappear as they
    appeared, if some event of which we can at the
    moment do no more than sense the possibility
    the one can certainly wager that man would be
    erased, like a face drawn in sand at the edge of
    the sea (1970370) Palson Rabinow 1999.
    Iceland the case of a national human genome
    project. AT

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  • What this course is not
  • A chronology of theory in anthropology since the
    1960s.
  • A comprehensive overview of anthropological
    theory now.

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  • What this course attempts to offer
  • An insight into the topics anthropologists now
    deal with, and how they deal with them. The
    theoretical ideas, the analytical concepts they
    employ.
  • Topics vs. theory.

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  • Anthropological theory since the 1960s
  • Demise of structuralism
  • Rise of interpretation/symbolic anthropology
    interactionism, practice theory
  • Crisis of representation end of theory?

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  • Situation now
  • Engagement of ethnography and critical theory.
  • Theory as tool.

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  • The organisation of the course
  • The assignments
  • The readings
  • The aim of the course.
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