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Being and Belonging: The Family in Global Perspective

What are the sociocultural practices and institutions through which people understand themselves to be related to each other? How do these practices interact with gender and sexuality, national identity and state-building, bodily practices, and legal and economic relationships? This course approaches the concept of “family” in its cultural diversity from both historical and contemporary anthropological perspectives. Examining both Western and non-Western family practices, this course introduces students to the “new kinship studies” in anthropology and examines relatedness as emergent through embodied practices, discursive representations, national institutions, and ideologies.

ANTHROP 712

Being and Belonging: The Family in Global Perspective

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter, Fall Offered?: No

What are the sociocultural practices and institutions through which people understand themselves to be related to each other? How do these practices interact with gender and sexuality, national identity and state-building, bodily practices, and legal and economic relationships? This course approaches the concept of “family” in its cultural diversity from both historical and contemporary anthropological perspectives. Examining both Western and non-Western family practices, this course introduces students to the “new kinship studies” in anthropology and examines relatedness as emergent through embodied practices, discursive representations, national institutions, and ideologies.