Anthropology of the Body (Undergraduate)


Semester: Spring

Offered:  2016


In this course we examine the body as a socio-cultural site, which is shaped within the context of social interactions and cultural institutes. We address the body as a site of power and resistance, and as constructed by and reflects social processes, ideologies, and norms. The first half of the course offers a broad introduction to the anthropology of the body, introduction theoretical concepts relevant to examine the body from a social perspective. The second half focuses on the sensory body, addressing the ways culture mediates our sensory experiences, exploring the questions and arguments within anthropology of the senses, and the role of culture in the ways we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.


2nd semester