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Academic Year 2005/2006
ANTH 311 FA
This course will introduce perspectives that anthropologists, ethnographers, writers, film makers, artists and photographers have taken to understand contemporary social life in China. Students will learn to
the strengths and weaknesses of each perspective and at the same time develop their own nuanced appreciation for Chinese culture and recent Chinese history. Beginning with basic concepts of family and family
we will survey gift-giving and banqueting, changes in the role and status of women, education, organization of the workplace, rituals, festivals and changes since the beginning of the "reform and opening up" in the early
1980s. Anthropological essays and ethnographies will be supplemented by short stories, first-person narratives and class presentations of films, photographs and art works to illuminate the different ways that natives
foreigners represent Chinese culture. Lectures will provide cultural and historical context for these materials. No previous knowledge of China or Chinese is required for this class.
Jun Jing, THE TEMPLE OF MEMORIES: HISTORY, POWER AND MORALITY IN A CHINESE VILLAGE, Stanford: Stanford Univ. 1996.
Yan Yunxiang, THE FLOW OF GIFTS: RECIPROCITY AND SOCIAL NETWORKS IN A CHINESE VILLAGE, Stanford:
We will also be
reading selections from the following:
Bruun, Ole, BUSINESS AND BUREAUCRACY IN A CHINESE CITY: AN ENTHOGRAPHY OF PRIVATE BUSINESS HOUSEHOLDS IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA, (China Research Monograph, 43), New York: Institute
of East Asian Studies 1993.
Xiaotong, FROM THE SOIL: THE FOUNDATIONS OF CHINESE SOCIETY, Berkeley: California 1992 (1947).
Flower, John and Pamela Leonard, "Defining Cultural Life in the Chinese Countryside: The Case of the Chuan Zhu Temple," in
E.B. Vesmeer, Frank Pieke and
Woei-lian Chang, eds., COOPERATIVE AND COLLECTIVE IN CHINA'S RURAL DEVELOPMENT: BETWEEN STATE AND PRIVATE INTERESTS, Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, c1998, pp.273-290; Freedman, Maurice, THE STUDY OF CHINESE SOCIETY.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Final paper, midterm exam.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
Participation in web-based discussion board, journals on weekly readings.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Dowdey,Patrick
- Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: SHAN201;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 30)
- SR. major: 4 Jr. major: 4
- SR. non-major: 4 Jr. non-major: 4 SO: 7 FR: 7
- Curricular Renewal: Reading Non-Verbal Texts, Writing
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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