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Critical Anthropological Theory (ANTH40011)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeANTH40011
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While ethnography as method is the most distinguishing feature of anthropology, ethnographic practice has always taken place in continual conversation with theory. Just as theoretical and philosophical considerations sometimes guide and generate particular ethnographic orientations and issues, sometimes ethnographic practices generate theoretical developments that have had repercussions well beyond anthropology. This subject explores various important moments in the ethnographic generation of theory that has occurred throughout the history of anthropology. It examines in some details the ethnographic texts where the theories were first developed.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Develop a critical appreciation of the way key theories have been generated through ethnographic practice;
  • Acquire the capacity to capture and appreciate layers of theoretical issues that arise while reading anthropological texts;
  • Develop the ability to communicate and make use of complex theoretical ideas orally and in writing;
  • Develop the skill of making theory speak to empirical ethnographic research

Last updated: 26 July 2019