Historical anthropology

Course Description: 

The central role of participant observation in anthropological field work long stood as an awkward impediment to legitimating sociocultural studies of historical evidence in anthropology (with the notable exception of archaeology).  Anthropologists no longer look askance at those of us who pursue the ethnographic analysis of historical materials, but for many in the field the question about how to conduct historical anthropology still stands.  In this class, we will read early papers published on the value of an anthropological approach to the study of history, and then proceed to read exemplary articles of historical anthropology, paying as much attention to the methods adopted as the theoretical issues that are discussed.  

Learning Outcomes: 

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Prerequisites: 

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