1. AUTUMN TERM 0 items
  2. Week 1: From Armchair to Fieldwork: Malinowski and the beginnings of British Anthropology. 29 items
    1. Week 1: Required reading. 2 items
    2. Week 1: Further Reading. 11 items
      1. A diary in the strict sense of the term - Bronislaw Malinowski 1989

        Book Recommended Critical commentary reading. Read pp.32 - 70

      2. Malinowski.

        Chapter Background

      3. Ancient Law - John Murray 1998

        Book Background Especially chapter 5.

      4. Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State - Frederick Engels 2000

        Book Background Expecially chapters 1, 2 and 9. See particularly pp.212 - 217.

      5. The Golden bough: a study in magic and religion - James George Frazer 1922

        Book Background Chapters 1 - 4.

      6. The ethnography of Malinowski: the Trobriand Islands, 1915-18 - Bronislaw Malinowski, Michael W. Young 1979

        Book Background

      7. After Tylor: British social anthropology, 1888-1951 - George W. Stocking 1999

        Book Background Chapter 6.

      8. The equality of the human races - Joseph-Anténor Firmin 2002

        Book Background

    3. Week 1: Commentaries. 16 items
      1. The invention of primitive society: transformations of an illusion - Adam Kuper 1988

        Book Essential Chapters 1 - 6.

      2. Evolution and society: a study in Victorian social theory - J. W. Burrow 1966

        Book Background Chapters 5 (Maine) and 7 (Tylor).

      3. The Victorian achievement of Sir Henry Maine: a centennial reappraisal - Alan Diamond, Henry Sumner Maine, Trinity Hall Henry Maine Centenary Conference 1991 (electronic resource)

        Book Background

      4. A history of anthropological thought - E. E. Evans-Pritchard, André Singer 1981

        Book Background Chapters 7 - 10 & 13 (13: particularly good on Frazer).

      5. Man and culture: an evaluation of the work of Bronislaw Malinowski - Raymond William Firth 1970

        Book Background Especially chapters by Firth, Richards, Leach and Nadel.

      6. The Savage within: Social History of British Anthropology, 1885-1945 - Henrika Kuklick 1993

        Book Background Especially chapters 4 - 6.

      7. Anthropology & the colonial encounter - Talal Asad 1975

        Book Background Especially Introduction and part I.

      8. Global transformations: anthropology and the modern world - Michel-Rolph Trouillot 2003

        Book Background

      9. Anthropology & the colonial encounter - Talal Asad 1973

        Book Background

  3. Week 2: American Anthropology: Culture, Language and Personality. 23 items
    1. Week 2: Required Reading. 2 items
      1. Patterns of culture - Ruth Benedict 1934

        Book Essential The "Dobu" chapter.

      2. Watching the English - Kate Fox 2014

        Book Essential "Weather" chapter.

    2. Week 2: Further Reading. 12 items
      1. Culture, power, place: explorations in critical anthropology 1997

        Chapter Recommended Critical commentary reading. Read the chapter, ‘Culture, Power, Place: Ethnography at the End of an Era’.

      2. Culture: the anthropologists' account - Adam Kuper 1999

        Book Background

      3. Race, language and culture - Franz Boas 1948

        Book Background pp.243 - 259 (aims of anthropology) and 270 - 294 (comparative method, ethnology and evolution or diffusion.

      4. The inquiring mind - George Boas 1959

        Book Background

      5. The chrysanthemum and the sword: patterns of Japanese culture - Ruth Benedict 1989

        Book Background Chapters 8 - 12.

      6. A Franz Boas reader: the shaping of American anthropology, 1883-1911 - Franz Boas, Franz Boas, George W. Stocking 1989

        Book Background pp. 1, 3, 5, 6-8, 18, 31-32 and 44-45.

      7. The nature of culture - A. L. Kroeber 1952

        Book Background Chapters 5 - 6 and 14 - 17, all dealing with concepts of culture and cultural evolution.

      8. Unconscious Patterning of Behaviour in Society. - E. Sapir.

        Chapter Background

      9. Why Cultural Anthropolgy needs the Psychiatrist. - E. Sapir.

        Chapter Background

      10. Culture, power, place: explorations in critical anthropology - James Ferguson, Akhil Gupta 1997

        Book Recommended Read the introduction, 'Culture, Power, Place: Ethnography at the End of an Era'

      11. Culture, power, place: explorations in critical anthropology 1997

        Book Recommended Read the introduction, 'Culture, Power, Place: Ethnography at the End of an Era'

    3. Week 2: Commentaries. 9 items
      1. Race, culture, and evolution: essays in the history of anthropology - George W. Stocking 1982

        Book Essential Chapter 'Frank Boas and the Culture Concept in Historical Perspective.'

      2. The rise of anthropological theory: a history of theories of culture - Marvin Harris 2001

        Book Background Chapters 9 - 10 (Boas); 12 (Kroeber); 15 - 16 (culture and personality); 22 - 23 (cultural materialism), [NB: Harris is one of the central proponents of cultural materialism].

      3. Works and lives: the anthropologist as author - Clifford Geertz 1988

        Book Background On Benedict (and Malinowski and E-P).

      4. Quest for the real Samoa: the Mead/Freeman controversy & beyond - Lowell D. Holmes 1987

        Book Background

      5. Race and the Culture of Anthropology - Kamala Visweswaran 03/1998

        Article Recommended

      6. Global transformations: anthropology and the modern world - Michel-Rolph Trouillot 2003

        Book 

  4. Week 3: British Anthropology: Order and the Problem of Change. 31 items
    1. Week 3: Required Reading. 2 items
      1. Nuer: structure and system. - E.E. Evans-Pritchard.

        Chapter Essential

    2. Week 3: Further Texts. 29 items
      1. Thinking about society: theory and practice - I. C. Jarvie c1986

        Book Recommended Critical commentary reading. Read the chapter, 'Limits to Functionalism and Alternatives to It in Anthropology’.

      2. Structural Functionalism. 7 items
        1. Purity and danger: an analysis of concept of pollution and taboo - Mary Douglas 2003

          Book Background Especially Introduction and Secular defilement.

        2. The elementary forms of religious life - Emile Durkheim, Karen E. Fields 1995

          Book Essential Introduction. See also Conclusion.

        3. Meaning of sacrifice.

          Chapter Background

        4. Divinity and experience: the religion of the Dinka - R. G. Lienhardt 1961

          Book Background Introduction and Burial Alive

        5. Structure and function in primitive society: essays and addresses - A. R. Radcliffe-Brown 1952

          Book Essential Chapter - On social structure.

        6. The Andaman islanders: a study in social anthropology (Anthony Wilkin studentship research, 1906) - A. R. Radcliffe-Brown 2017

          Book Essential Customs and beliefs: ceremonial

        7. The Andaman islanders - A. R. Radcliffe-Brown 1933

          Book Essential Customs and beliefs: ceremonial.

      3. Critiques. 8 items
        1. Strategems and spoils. - F.G Bailey. 2002

          Book Essential

        2. Introduction

          Chapter Background

        3. Rethinking anthropology - E. R. Leach 2004

          Book Essential Chapter 1

        4. Rethinking anthropology - Edmund Ronald Leach, London School of Economics and Political Science 1961

          Book Essential Chapter 1.

        5. Schism and continuity in an African society: a study of Ndembu village life - Victor Turner 1996

          Book Background Especially Matrilinial descent and the dynamics of village intrigue.

      4. Commentaries. 12 items
        1. Capitalism and Modern Social Theory - Anthony Giddens March 30, 1973 (Paperback)

          Book Background Chapter 5, and especially chapters 6 and 8.

        2. Later colonial period to 1960.

          Chapter Background

        3. Anthropology & the colonial encounter - Talal Asad 1973

          Book 

        4. Inside African anthropology: Monica Wilson and her interpreters - Andrew Bank, Leslie John Bank 2013 (electronic resource)

          Book 

      5. On the Concept of Function in Social Science - A. R. Radcliffe-Brown 07/1935

        Article Recommended

  5. Week 4: Conflict and control. 32 items
    1. Week 4: Required Reading. 2 items
      1. The ritual process: structure and anti-structure - Victor Turner 1969

        Book Essential Read the chapter, "Liminality and Communitas".

    2. Week 4: Further texts. 25 items
      1. Anthropological Conceptions of Religion: Reflections on Geertz - Talal Asad 06/1983

        Article Recommended Critical commentary reading.

      2. Elections as Communitas - Mukulika Banerjee 2011

        Article Background

      3. Prey into hunter: the politics of religious experience - Maurice Bloch 1992

        Book Background

      4. Prey into hunter: the politics of religious experience - Maurice Bloch 1992 (electronic resource)

        Book Background

      5. The interpretation of cultures: selected essays - Clifford Geertz 1993

        Book Essential Notes on the Balinese cockfight - Chapter

      6. The interpretation of cultures: selected essays - Clifford Geertz 1993

        Book Essential Chapter - Ritual and social change: a Javanese example.

      7. Religion as a cultural system.

        Chapter Essential Especially this one.

      8. The interpretation of cultures: selected essays - Clifford Geertz 1993

        Book Essential Chapter - Religion as a cultural system.

      9. Religion as a cultural system.

        Chapter Essential Especially this one.

      10. Guns and rain: guerrillas and spirit mediums in Zimbabwe - David Lan 1985

        Book Background

      11. The kalela dance: aspects of social relationships among urban Africans in Northern Rhodesia - J. Clyde Mitchell, Rhodes-Livingstone Institute 1956

        Book Background

      12. The forest of symbols: aspects of Ndembu ritual - Victor Turner 1970

        Book Essential NB: both Turner volumes contain case studies, analysed in a way that demonstrates his approach to ethnography and to ritual.

      13. Liminality and Communitas.

        Chapter Background NB: both Turner volumes contain case studies, analysed in a way that demonstrates his approach to ethnography and to ritual.

      14. The drums of affliction: a study of religious processes among the Ndembu of Zambia - Victor Turner 1968

        Book Background NB: both Turner volumes contain case studies, analysed in a way that demonstrates his approach to ethnography and to ritual.

      15. The Rites of Passage, Second Edition - van Gennep, ArnoldDavid I. KertzerMonika B. VizedomGabrielle L. Caffee& 1 more 2019

        Book Essential Ch. 'The Classification of Rights', p.1-15

    3. Week 4: Commentaries. 5 items
      1. Ritual: perspectives and dimensions - Catherine M. Bell 2009

        Book Essential

      2. Ritual theory, rites of passage and ritual violence.

        Chapter Essential

      3. History, Structure, and Ritual - John D. Kelly and Martha Kaplan 1990

        Article Background

  6. Week 5: Structuralism: The World in Binaries. 15 items
    1. Week 5: Required Reading. 2 items
      1. Unwrapping Christmas 1995

        Book Essential Read the chapter, 'Father Christmas Executed'.

    2. Week 5: Further texts. 7 items
      1. Islands of history - Marshall David Sahlins c1985

        Book Recommended Critical commentary reading. Read the chapter, ‘Structure and History’.

      2. Course in general linguistics - Ferdinand de Saussure, Roy Harris 2013, @2013

        Book Background Introduction-ch3, part 1-ch1

      3. The elementary structures of kinship =: (Les structures élémentaires de la parenté) - Claude Lévi-Strauss, John Richard Von Sturmer, James Harle Bell 1969, @1969

        Book Essential

      4. How structuralism matters - Rutherford, Danilyn 2016

        Article Essential

      5. Effectiveness of symbols. - C. Levi-strauss.

        Chapter Background

      6. Structural Study of Myth. - C. Levi Strauss.

        Chapter Background

    3. Week 5: Commentaries. 6 items
      1. Imagination of the Sign.

        Chapter Background

      2. Human Animal and His Symbols.

        Chapter Background

      3. History of structuralism - François Dosse c1997

        Book Background pp.10 - 25.

  7. Week 7: Marxist Anthropology 32 items
    1. Week 7: Required Reading. 2 items
    2. Week 7: Further texts. 15 items
      1. Approaches to class analysis - Erik Olin Wright 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended Critical commentary reading. Read the chapter, ‘Foundations of a Post-Class Analysis’.

      2. Introduction.

        Chapter Essential

      3. Marxist modern: an ethnographic history of the Ethiopian revolution - Donald L. Donham 1999

        Book Background

      4. Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order - James Ferguson 2006

        Book Essential Chapter De-Moralizing Economies.

      5. On the Moderate Usefulness of Modes of Production - Wyatt MacGaffey 1985

        Article Background Other readings in this edition of the journal on Marxism and mode of production are also useful.

      6. Weapons of the weak: everyday forms of peasant resistance - James C. Scott c1985

        Book Background

      7. Class and class consciousness in the Abron kingdom of Gyaman. - E. Terray.

        Chapter Essential NB: also have a look at other chapters in this classic collection: Bloch, M.(ed) 1975. Marxist analyses and social anthropology. London: Malaby Press. Especially Firth and Godelier.

      8. Friction: an ethnography of global connection - Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing 2005

        Book Background

      9. Europe and the people without history - Eric R. Wolf 1997

        Book Background

    3. Week 7: Commentaries. 7 items
      1. Marxism and anthropology: the history of a relationship - Maurice Bloch 1983

        Book Background Especially chapters 1, 5, & 6.

      2. Marxism and Anthropology : The History of a Relationship - Maurice Bloch 2004

        Book Background Especially chapters 1, 5 & 6.

      3. Epochal structures I: reconstructing historical materialism. - D. Donham.

        Chapter Background

      4. Marx and Anthropology - William Roseberry 1997

        Article Background

    4. On Marx and Marxist and neo-Marxist readings of capitalism. 8 items
      1. The new spirit of capitalism - Luc Boltanski, Eve Chiapello, Gregory Elliott 2005

        Book Background

      2. Capitalism and Modern Social Theory - Anthony Giddens March 30, 1973 (Paperback)

        Book Background Part 1 on Marx, especially chapters 2 & 3.

      3. Capitalism and modern social theory: an analysis of the writings of Marx, Durkheim and Max Weber - Anthony Giddens 1971 (electronic resource)

        Book Background Part 1 on Marx, especially chapters 2 & 3.

      4. A Gramsci reader: selected writings 1916-1935 - Antonio Gramsci, David Forgacs 1988

        Book Background

      5. The communist manifesto - Karl Marx 2018, ©2018

        Book Background

      6. Karl Marx: selected writings - Karl Marx, David McLellan 2000

        Book Background "Preface" and "The premises of the materialist method" in The German Ideology (pp.175 -184); "General Introduction", sections 1 - 3 in the Grundrisse (pp.380 - 393).

      7. Approaches to class analysis - Erik Olin Wright 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book Background Chapter 1.

  8. Week 8: Feminism and the Gendered Subject 17 items
    1. Week 8: Required Reading. 2 items
    2. Week 8: Further texts. 10 items
      1. Feminism and anthropology - Henrietta L. Moore 2003

        Book Recommended Critical commentary reading. Read the chapter, “Gender and Status: Explaining the position of women”.

      2. Genetrix: Genitor:: Nature: Culture. - J.A. Barnes.

        Chapter Background

      3. Politics and Gender in Simple Societies. - J. Collier., M. Rosaldo.

        Chapter Background

      4. The subject of anthropology: gender, symbolism and psychoanalysis - Henrietta L. Moore 2007

        Book Background

      5. Traffic of Women. - G. Rubin.

        Chapter Background

      6. Rights in Women. - N. Redclift.

        Chapter Background

      7. Black feminist anthropology: theory, praxis, politics, and poetics - Irma McClaurin 2001

        Book Background

    3. Week 8: Commentaries. 5 items
      1. Feminism and anthropology - Henrietta L. Moore 1988

        Book Background Chapters 1 & 2.

      2. So, is Female to Male as Nature is to Culture?

        Chapter Background

      3. Nature, culture and gender 1980

        Book Background

  9. Week 9: Time, power and "modernity": history the other way up. 21 items
    1. Week 9: Required Reading. 2 items
    2. Week 9: Further texts. 14 items
      1. Expectations of modernity: myths and meanings of urban life on the Zambian Copperbelt - James Ferguson 1999

        Book Recommended Critical commentary reading. Read the chapter, ‘The Copperbelt in Theory'.

      2. An anthropologist among the historians and other essays - Bernard S. Cohn, Ranajit Guha 1990

        Book Background

      3. Introduction.

        Chapter Essential

      4. Time and the other: how anthropology makes its object - Johannes Fabian 2002

        Book Essential Chapters 2 & 3.

      5. Magic of dispair.

        Chapter Background

      6. The invention of tradition - E. J. Hobsbawm, T. O. Ranger 1983

        Book Essential Introduction by Hobsbawm and chapter by Ranger.

      7. The Invention of Tradition 2012

        Book Essential Introduction by Hobsbawm and chapter by Ranger.

      8. Remotely global: village modernity in West Africa - Charles Piot 1999

        Book Background Chapters 1, 6 and 8.

      9. Return of the event, again.

        Chapter Background

      10. The creation of tribalism in Southern Africa - Leroy Vail 1989

        Book Background

    3. Week 9: Commentaries. 5 items
      1. Modernity.

        Chapter Background

      2. Copperbelt in theory.

        Chapter Background

      3. Later colonial period to 1960.

        Chapter Background

  10. Week 10 - Power and practice 19 items
    1. Required reading 2 items
      1. Michel Foucault: beyond structuralism and hermeneutics - Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow 1982

        Book Essential Read the chapter, 'The Subject and Power'.

    2. Recommended reading 17 items
      1. Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject - Saba Mahmood 2011

        Book Recommended Critical commentary reading. Read the chapter, “The Subject of Freedom”.

      2. The human condition - Hannah Arendt, Danielle S. Allen, Margaret Canovan 2018

        Book Recommended

      3. Outline of a theory of practice - Pierre Bourdieu, Richard Nice 2013, c1972 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended Read chapter 2 'Structure and Habitus'.

      4. The psychic life of power: theories in subjection - Judith Butler 1997

        Book Recommended Read the introduction.

      5. The practice of everyday life - Michel de Certeau, Steven Rendall 1988

        Book Recommended Especially 'Foucault and Bourdieu', chapter 4

      6. A Gramsci reader: selected writings 1916-1935 - Antonio Gramsci, David Forgacs 1988

        Book Recommended

      7. Economic and philosophic manuscripts of 1844 - Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx 1988

        Book Recommended Read the chapter 'Estranged Labor'.

      8. Ethnographies on domination 9 items
        1. Death without weeping: the violence of everyday life in Brazil - Nancy Scheper-Hughes, American Council of Learned Societies c1993 (electronic resource)

          Book Recommended

        2. More on Foucault and Bourdieu 6 items
          1. An Introduction to the work of Pierre Bourdieu: the practice of theory - Pierre Bourdieu, Richard K Harker, Cheleen Mahar, Chris Wilkes 1990

            Book Recommended Read the chapter 'Bourdieu and ethnography: Reflexivity, politics and praxis'.

          2. The logic of practice - Pierre Bourdieu 1990

            Book Recommended Read chapters 1, 3 and 4 in book 1, and Appendix: The Kabyle House or the World Reversed.

          3. The field of cultural production: essays on art and literature - Pierre Bourdieu, Randal Johnson 1993

            Book Recommended Read the chapter ‘Outline of a sociological theory of art perception’.

          4. Power/knowledge: selected interviews and other writings, 1972-1977 - Michel Foucault, Colin Gordon 1980

            Book Recommended Read the chapter ‘Truth and Power’.

          5. The Foucault effect: studies in governmentality : with two lectures by and an interview with Michel Foucault - Graham Burchell, Colin Gordon, Peter M. Miller 1991

            Book Recommended Read the chapter ‘Questions of Method’.

          6. The Foucault reader - Michel Foucault, Paul Rabinow 1991

            Book Recommended Read ‘The Body of the Condemned’ (pp. 170-178) and ‘Docile Bodies’ (pp. 179-187) - both are excerpts from Discipline and Punish.

  11. Week 11: Writing (about) culture. 23 items
    1. Week 11: Required Reading. 2 items
      1. Symbolic Anthropology: a reader in the study of symbols and meanings - Janet L Dolgin, David S Kemnitzer, David Murray Schneider 1977

        Book Essential Ch - From the native's point of view.

    2. Week 11: Further texts. 10 items
      1. Anthropology as a Kind of Writing - Jonathan Spencer 03/1989

        Article Recommended Critical commentary reading.

      2. Introduction.

        Chapter Background

      3. Writing against culture. - L. Abu-Lughod.

        Chapter Background

      4. On Ethnographic Authority.

        Chapter Background

      5. Tell me about your trope. - Stephen Nugent 1990

        Article Background

    3. Ethnographies. 11 items
      1. Tuhami: portrait of a Moroccan - Vincent Crapanzano 1980

        Book Background

      2. Writing women's worlds: Bedouin stories - Lila Abu-Lughod c1993

        Book Background

      3. Shamanism, colonialism, and the wild man: a study in terror and healing - Michael T. Taussig 1986

        Book Background

      4. Shamanism, colonialism, and the wild man: a study in terror and healing - Michael T. Taussig, American Council of Learned Societies 1986, c1987 (electronic resource)

        Book Background

      5. Day of shining red: an essay on understanding ritual - Gilbert Lewis 1980

        Book Background

      6. Day of shining red: an essay on understanding ritual - Gilbert Lewis 1980 (electronic resource)

        Book Background

      7. Sherpas through their rituals - Sherry B. Ortner 1978

        Book Background

      8. Colonising Egypt - Timothy Mitchell 1991, c1988

        Book Background

      9. Colonising Egypt: With a new preface - Timothy Mitchell Oct 11, 1991

        Book Background