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Culture and Globalization

This was a seminar course that examines anthropology's exploration of globalization, particularly the intersection between culture, power, and history. It focused on how a few anthropological themes in the study of culture (family and gender relations, race/ethnic and religious identity, local-national-global governance, the impact of technology on culture, and conflict and violence) have undergone transformation as control over human lives expands from the local to include global influences as well. The class focused on different cultural areas, including the U.S., Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Using contemporary ethnographies and articles, theoretical essays by anthropologists, as well as analyses from political science and other disciplines, it examined how the ethnography and anthropological discourse have been influenced by the expanding market, technology, terrorism, and policies of the 21st century. This course (ANTH-410) was taught by Professor Gwendolyn Mikell, Department of Anthropology, as a Doyle Seminar (small upper-level classes that foster deepened student learning about diversity and difference through research and dialogue).

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Gwendolyn Mikell

Department of Anthropology