ANTH 701 class seminars will run from the second week of the first semester until mid-June. The seminar will be devoted to a discussion of course readings, but we will consider essay and thesis research strategies as well. Students are expected to follow the set readings and to participate in discussion. Over the duration of the seminar, each student will give one or two brief introductions to the week’s reading(s), drawing out its main themes and selecting a number of questions or puzzles for the seminar to discuss. These introductory remarks are intended merely to get the seminar rolling – students might wish to focus on something interesting, maddening or confusing about the reading for example. The seminar is designed to provide a supportive environment in which students can assist each other in conceptualising their essay and thesis, and in planning their study.
SEMINAR SCHEDULE & CONTENT
Reading: ‘Agent and Agency’; ‘Classification’ ‘Individuality’, ‘Interpretation’; in N. Rapport and J. Overing (2000) Social and Cultural Anthropology: The Key Concepts.
Reading: Bourdieu, P. (1962) The Algerians
Reading: Bourdieu, P. (2001) Masculine Domination
Reading: Bourdieu, P. (1972) Outline of a Theory of Practice, Chapters One and Two
Reading: Bourdieu, P. (1972) Outline of a Theory of Practice, Chapters Three and Four.
Reading: de Certeau, M. (1984) ‘Part Two: Theories of the Art of Practice’, in Practice of Everyday Life.
Alexander, G. (1995) ‘The Reality of Reduction: the Failed Synthesis of Pierre Bourdieu’ in Fin de Siecle Social Theory.
Reed-Danahay, D. (1995) ‘The Kabyle and the French: Occidentalism in Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice,’ in J. Carrier (ed) Occidentalism: Images of the West.
Dosse, F. (1997) ‘Durkheim gets a Second Wind: Pierre Bourdieu’ & ‘A Middle Path: The Habitus’, in History of Structuralism, Volume 2: The Sign Sets, 1967-Present.
Bourdieu, P. (2000) ‘Making the Economic Habitus: Algerian Workers Revisited’, in Ethnography
Reading: Jackson, M. (1996) ‘Introduction’, in Things As They Are: New Directions in Phenomenological Anthropology.
Jackson, M. (1998) ‘Preamble’, ‘Returns’ & ‘Here/Now’, in Minima Ethnographica: Intersubjectivity and the Anthropological Project.
Jackson, M. (1996) Antipodes (Poems)
Reading: Castoriadis, C. (1991) ‘Power, Politics and Autonomy’, in Philosophy, Politics, Autonomy.
(1997) ‘The Imaginary: Creation in the Social-Historical Domain’, in World in Fragments: Writings on Politics, Society, Pyschoanalysis and the Imagination.
Reading: Castoriadis, C. (1997) ‘Institution of Society and Religion’, in World in Fragments: Writings on Politics, Society, Pyschoanalysis and the Imagination.
Castoriadis, C. (1997) ‘Phusis and Autonomy’, in World in Fragments: Writings on Politics, Society, Pyschoanalysis and the Imagination.
Reading:Rapport, N. (1997) ‘Manifesto’ & Chapters One-Five, in Transcendent Individual: Towards a Literary and Liberal Anthropology.
Reading: Rapport, N. (2001) ‘Random Mind: Towards an Appreciation of Openess in Individual, Society and Anthropology’, plus Replies and Response by Friedman, Gray, Kapfarer, Samuual, Sokefeld, Toren and Rapport, in Australian Journal of Anthropology, 12: 2.
Rapport, N. (2003) ‘Nihilistic and Democratic Violence’ in I am Dynamite: An Alternative Anthropology of Power .
See also Rapport, N. (2008) ‘Gratiotusness: Notes Towards an Anthropology of Interiority’, in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 19, 3.