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This subject considers the mutually enforcing role of socio-cultural theory and ethnography in understandings of the contemporary human endeavour. Particular emphasis is placed on both classic and modern theories of personhood, social identity and relatedness in social anthropology and their relevance for understanding a range of contemporary social issues relating to kinship, migration, travel and tourism, nationalism, modernity, ageing and the life course and digital technologies. On completion students taking this course should have gained an appreciation of anthropological approaches to the study of the person and their relevance to a range of political, ethical, economic and cultural concerns about fetal rights, child soldiers, migrant workers, backpacking, love marriages, retirement and virtual explorations of the self.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Develop an appreciation of the interplay between theory and ethnography inquiry;
- Demonstrate an understanding of anthropological studies of personhood and their links to an evolving range of social and cultural concerns in the world today;
- Develop a critical, comparative appreciation of cultural diversity through a range of historically situated and contemporary case studies;
- Be able to communicate effectively in written and oral formats.
Last updated: 9 September 2021