Mascarada on Bonaire

Selected Readings of Classic Ethnography

Our study of human development encompasses both psychological and anthropological knowledge and understanding.  The most fundamental form of data collection in anthropology is ethnography, that is, extended fieldwork with a community of people somewhere in the world, and the writing of that experience.  This class gives students an introduction to some of the ‘classic’ ethnographic studies from the history of our field.  Each week is another detailed story.  Simultaneously, each week is an experience of a distinct theoretical perspective from our ever-evolving tradition of anthropological epistemology.  Aimed at second year students, this class is therefore intended to broaden a basic understanding of anthropology and anthropological theory with historical instances of anthropologists in the practice of their craft.