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Anthropology of the Object: A Gradaute Socio-Cultural Oddysey

In Socio-Cultural Anthropology, considerable attention is placed on how people engage objects in their daily and ceremonial lives. In fact, the past two decades of material culture study in this sub-field of the anthropology has privileged objects with their own social lives, paths, and distinct forms of agency, all of which depend on the cultural and personal relationships people have with each other through things. In this course we explore case studies from around the globe, examining how certain genres of objects are created, used and re-used in the shifting contexts of contemporary, and historical, identity-making. The course applies socio-cultural anthropological theory to a range of social-cultural and archaeological case studies on the role of material culture in cultural identity, museum politics, and indigenous rights struggles.

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