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Power Of Culture Essay Anthropology

This course explores the intersection of media, politics, and everyday life through the lens of anthropology in the Middle East. Technologies of mass media have been shaping our “modern” world since Gutenberg's press up until Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, affecting cultures, social interactions, and everyday life around the world. In this course we will explore alternative understandings of media and modernity beyond the western world, by examining ethnographic literature on the Middle East. We will focus on the ways in which media cultures have been shaped by local histories and cultures in the Middle East, investigating the entanglements of national imaginaries, religious practices, social traditions, cultural intimacies, and the 2011 revolutions. The course spans across different media and cultural forms: TV soap operas, religious cassettes, graffiti, selfies, memes, video games, cyber activism, music performances, poetry, social media, cinema, and journalism. The overall aim of this course is to be able to examine the social forces and cultural contexts shaping cultures of media and to investigate the effects of media in everyday life, challenging the dominant understandings of media in the West. By doing so we illuminate more effective analytical contours of media. The course emphasizes the advantages of anthropological methods and theories in understanding media. We will focus on ethnographic writing and the ways in which anthropologists intertwine ethnographic narratives and social theory to analyze media.

(CULT) Dist: SOC, WCult: NW.


Processual Sociology
Saharan Jews and the Fate of French Algeria
The Genealogical Science
Unsettled Belonging
Dramas of Nationhood
Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan
The Philosophical Roots of Anthropology
Gendered Paradoxes
Questioning Secularism
The Limits to Citizen Power
Becoming Arab in London
Professor Baseball
The Fate of Rural Hell
Anthropologies of Value
Fast, Easy, and In Cash
The Internet and the Madonna
Banking on Words
Beyond Words
Black Critics and Kings
Oduduwa's Chain
The Pan-African Nation
Mobile Secrets
The Intestines of the State
The Trials of Mrs. K.
Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa
Performing the Nation
No Fixed Abode
Arrernte Present, Arrernte Past
Jamaica Genesis
Guadalupe Ruiz - Bogotá D.C.
Balinese Worlds
One Discipline, Four Ways
The Meaning of Whitemen
On the Bones of the Serpent
The Illusion of Cultural Identity
Art from Start to Finish
What About Mozart? What About Murder?
The Great Satan vs. the Mad Mullahs
The Mediterranean Incarnate
Ethnologia Europaea 45:1
Social Theory Now
The Soul of Mbira
Nation as Network
Religious Bodies Politic
Awakening Spaces
Behold the Black Caiman
The Destruction of Memory
Karnali Under Stress
High-Stakes Schooling
Music, Culture, and Experience
Venda Children's Songs
The Social Life of Spirits
Contingent Lives
The Anatomy of Architecture
A Franz Boas Reader
Peasant Poverty and Persistence
Non-Sovereign Futures
Affinities and Extremes
Cruel Attachments
What Would You Do?
The Colorful Apocalypse
The Bachelors' Ball
Spirit and System
Conceptualising "Home"
Magical Criticism
Peacocks, Chameleons, Centaurs
Knowing Music, Making Music
Visualizing American Empire
Training the Body for China
Culture on Tour
Performing Democracy
Contemporary Funeral Rituals of Sa'dan Toraja
In Search of a Lost Avant-Garde
Tragic Spirits
National Identity
Cultures of Collecting
Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire
Creating a Human World
Cultural Misunderstandings
Universalism without Uniformity
Schooling Selves
Improvising Theory
Culture Troubles
Neoliberal Frontiers
Living Politics in South Africa’s Urban Shacklands
Mande Music
Contesting Nation
Enabling Creative Chaos
Crying for Our Elders
Pillars of the Nation
African Rhythm and African Sensibility
Conversation and Community
Orchestrating Public Opinion
Onions Are My Husband
Dilemmas of Culture in African Schools
The Scattered Family
Affective Circuits
Love in Africa
Sex and Salvation
The Mediated City
Media and Identity in Contemporary Europe
Fighting Like a Community
Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits
Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance
Law and Disorder in the Postcolony
Modernity and Its Malcontents
Of Revelation and Revolution, Volume 1
The Truth about Crime
Ethnicity, Inc.
Of Revelation and Revolution, Volume 2
Picturing a Colonial Past
The Politics of Custom
Rules and Processes
Just Words, Second Edition
Rules versus Relationships
History's Shadow
Outliers and American Vanguard Art
In the Time of Cannibals
In Township Tonight!
The Magical State
Mediterranean Urban Culture, 1400-1700
The Harkis
Meeting the "Other"
Don't Look, Don't Touch, Don't Eat
This World, Other Worlds
"Culture" and Culture
Masters of Uncertainty
Building the Devil's Empire
The Returns of Fetishism
Far Afield
Ancestors and Antiretrovirals
Producing Success
Critical Terms for the Study of Africa
The Mellah Society
Anthropology in the East
Subject to Death
Displaying Death and Animating Life
On the Fireline
The Cuisine of Sacrifice among the Greeks
Maximum Security
Weaving the Threads of Life
Exotics at Home
Atlas, or the Anxious Gay Science
Narcotic Culture
The Place of the Hidden Moon
The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials
The Stone Soup Experiment
Indians of North America
The End of the Line
Guitar Makers
Visayan Vignettes
Homo Hierarchicus
The Destiny of a King
Island Possessed
Voices from Shanghai
The Neighborhood of Gods
Season of Rains
The Racial Order
Malaysia's Original People
Gogo Breeze
What Is Anthropology?
Yali's Question
The Struggle for Water
Anthropology at War
Dark Matter of the Mind
The Common Place of Law
They Make Themselves
Shanghai Nightscapes
Writing the World of Policing
Guerrilla Marketing
Archives of the Insensible
Formations of Violence
Mothers on the Move
Anguyiim Nalliini/Time of Warring
Mission of Change in Southwest Alaska
Qanemcit Amllertut/Many Stories to Tell
Yupiit Yuraryarait
Players and Pawns
The Oral and Beyond
An Anthropology of the Machine
The Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon, the Death of Teddy's Bear, and the Sovereign Exception of Guantanamo
Blacked Out
Under Construction
Letting Stories Breathe
Agrarian Revolt in a Mexican Village
Dancing Prophets
Remains of Ritual
Tamil Brahmans
The City at Its Limits
Islam Observed
Peddlers and Princes
Kinship in Bali
The Perils of Belonging
Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust
Genii of the River Niger
People and Places of Nature and Culture
Whose Fair?
Between Culture and Fantasy
Dislocating China
The Lost Paradise
Jewish Life in Muslim Libya
African Futures
Unveiling Secrets of War in the Peruvian Andes
The Afterlife Is Where We Come From
Braided Worlds
Parallel Worlds
Under the Kapok Tree
Collision of Wills
Animal Intimacies
The Last Colonial Massacre
Anxious Pleasures
In the Shadow of Marriage
Governing Sound
The Gift
Marginal Gains
The Insane Chicago Way
People at the Well
Conversionary Sites
Why We Play
Master and Disciple
The Victim and its Masks
Referential Practice
Dance, Sex, and Gender
To Dance is Human
Foreign News
Beyond Surgery
Champa and the Archaeology of M? So'n (Vietnam)
The Italian Way
The Unwanted Child
The Hit Man's Dilemma
Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete
Memories of Odysseus
Methods That Matter
The Scramble for the Amazon and the "Lost Paradise" of Euclides da Cunha
The Social Lives of Forests
AIDS, Intimacy and Care in Rural KwaZulu-Natal
The Adventure of the Real
Guardians of the Flutes, Volume 1
Sambia Sexual Culture
The Body Impolitic
Evicted from Eternity
Siege of the Spirits
The Cult of Draupadi, Volume 2
Truth in Motion
Economy of Words
Routes of Remembrance
The Modernist City
Creating Mental Illness
European Heritage Planning and Management
Tigers of a Different Stripe
The New Urban Renewal
Discourses of the Vanishing
The Broken Hoe
Real Black
How Lifeworlds Work
Minima Ethnographica
Revolutionizing Repertoires
Dreamscapes of Modernity
Provisional Authority
Thug Life
Being Danish
Dawn in Arctic Alaska
The Global Pigeon
Spirited Things
Uncertain Honor
Magic's Reason
Edible Memory
Islands of Sovereignty
The Colors of Violence
Mad and Divine
Shamans, Mystics and Doctors
A Dena'ina Legacy: K'tl'egh'i Sukdu
Francophonie en Orient
The Feast of the Sorcerer
Actors, Pilgrims, Kings and Gods
Ahtna Travel Narratives
On Concepts and Classifications of Musical Instruments
How Emotions Work
Imagining the Urban
Crisis and Critique
Custom and Confrontation
Urban Blues
The American Game
A Politics of Virtue
Represented Communities
Treadwell Gold
Rescued from the Nation
The Sex Education Debates
Health and Work Productivity
An Invitation to Laughter
No Borders
Reading Bangkok
Governing Educational Desire
Anahulu: The Anthropology of History in the Kingdom of Hawaii, Volume 1
Anahulu: The Anthropology of History in the Kingdom of Hawaii, Volume 2
The Story of Radio Mind
Yorùbá Bàtá Goes Global
The Frontier Romance
Exchanging the Past
Inheritance of Loss
Crafting Selves
Music, Dance and the Art of Seduction
Making Failure Pay
Tight Knit
Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska
Kali's Child
The Serpent's Gift
Yupik Transitions
Theory of African Music, Volume I
Theory of African Music, Volume II
Pasta and Pizza
Transatlantic Subjects
The Ethical Condition
Four Lectures on Ethics
Structuring Diversity
The Object of Labor
The Value of Labor
Decolonizing Solidarity
Vodou Nation
Savages, Romans, and Despots
The Prophet's Camel Bell
From Ta'izz To Tyneside
Faith and Charity
Blowin' Up
Stories of Capitalism
Phantom Africa
Greater Ethiopia
Greater Ethiopia
Wax and Gold
Wax and Gold
Filled with the Spirit
Gay Fatherhood
Ring of Liberation
Far Out
Consuming Religion
Book Clubs
The Remittance Landscape
Made of Salmon
Sardinian Chronicles
Culture in Chaos
The Tango Machine
Unnatural Emotions
The Jealous Potter
The Naked Man
The Origin of Table Manners
The Raw and the Cooked
The Savage Mind
The Story of Lynx
Exotic No More
White Waters and Black
Music and Gender
The Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters
Purity and Exile
Sites of Desire/Economies of Pleasure
Paranoia within Reason
Political Spiritualities
Bargaining for Brooklyn
Ghetto at the Center of the World
The World in Guangzhou
The Power of Babel
The Mana of Mass Society
The Dynamics of News and Indigenous Policy in Australia
Sexual Discretion
Best Laid Plans
Northeast Migrants in Delhi
Mathematical Models of Social Evolution
Making War in Côte d'Ivoire
A Socialist Peace?
Unmasking the State
Divine Enterprise
Chinese Migrant Networks and Cultural Change
Neo-liberal Genetics
Spirits in Politics
The Anthropology of Slavery
Ethno-erotic Economies
The Rise of Africa's Middle Class
Shaping Society through Dance
Getting Justice and Getting Even
Cultural Evolution
Nationalists and Nomads
Material Cultures
Tourist Attractions
Dancing at Armageddon
Coyote Nation
Constellations of Inequality
We Were Adivasis
Comparing Impossibilities
Ancestral Connections
The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries
Songs for Dead Parents
A Memorandum for the President of the Royal Audiencia and Chancery Court of the City and Kingdom of Granada
Pathways that Changed Myanmar
Rituals of Fertility and the Sacrifice of Desire
Marx 2020
Worries of the Heart
Music of Hindu Trinidad
The Flaming Feet and Other Essays
Doing Style
The Age of Immunology
Alive in the Writing
Everyday Creativity
My Family and Other Saints
Ethnic Amsterdam
Hunters of the Northern Forest
Shadow of the Hunter
The Life of Music in North India
The Modernity Bluff
Islands of Privacy
Spent Cartridges of Revolution
Transformative Learning
The Spirit of the Laws in Mozambique
The Construction of Religious Boundaries
Medusa's Hair
Kamikaze Diaries
Kamikaze, Cherry Blossoms, and Nationalisms
Of Beards and Men
The Tewa World
Gwich'in Athabascan Implements
The Byways of the Poor
Dream Trippers
The Cooking of History
The Man Who Stole Himself
Impasse of the Angels
Knot of the Soul
Village and Family in Contemporary China
The Sacred Remains
Sorcery in the Black Atlantic
Mixed Messages
American Value
Living in the Chandalar Country
Camera Indica
Photography and Anthropology
Nostalgia for the Future
Remotely Global
The People of the Sierra
It Was Like a Fever
The Rise of Nerd Politics
Labor's Lot
Oglala Women
The Root of Roots
Travels with Tooy
Two Evenings in Saramaka
Paris Primitive
In the Far Away Mountains and Rivers
Designs on the Contemporary
The Poison in the Gift
Renegade Dreams
Forensics of Capital
Ilmatar's Inspirations
National Performances
Street Therapists
The Spirits and the Law
Cooperatives Confront Capitalism
Cumbe Reborn
With Respect to Sex
The Little Community and Peasant Society and Culture
Voices of the Magi
May It Fill Your Soul
Reluctant Landscapes
Not By Genes Alone
Freedom in Fulani Social Life
Collateral Knowledge
Gringo Gulch
Flip the Script
Bargaining for Reality
The Culture of Islam
Islam and the Rule of Justice
Two Arabs, a Berber, and a Jew
Varieties of Muslim Experience
Music and Trance
Bengali Women
Beyond Debt
Bursting the Limits of Time
Laughing at Leviathan
Living in the Stone Age
Apologies to Thucydides
What Kinship Is-And Is Not
Newcomers to Old Towns
The Meaning of Music
Modes of Uncertainty
D'Albuquerque's Children
Bengal in Global Concept History
Having People, Having Heart
American Kinship
Base Encounters
The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950
Landscapes of Accumulation
The Last Word
The Senses Still
Memories of the Slave Trade
Where the North Sea Touches Alabama
French Primitivism and the Ends of Empire, 1945-1975
The Work and the Gift
Welcome to Middle Age!
Laughing Matters
Net of Magic
In Whose Image?
Liquid City
Poverty and the Quest for Life
Dance of the Dolphin
AIDS Doesn't Show Its Face
To Be a Man Is Not a One-Day Job
Bewitching Development
Why War?
The Women of Suye Mura
The Comfort Women
Reasons of Conscience
Erotic Triangles
Ours to Lose
Kwaito's Promise
Papal Overtures in a Cuban Key
Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece
Critical Terms for the Study of Gender
The Cinematic Griot
Fusion of the Worlds
Gallery Bundu
In Sorcery's Shadow
Money Has No Smell
The Power of the Between
Yaya's Story
Before and After Gender
Down, Out, and Under Arrest
Engendering Song
Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, and Highland Bali
A Philosophy of Boredom
Patterns in Circulation
Buddhism Betrayed?
Sri Lanka--Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy
Clothing Matters
Beauty and the Beast
Law in a Lawless Land
My Cocaine Museum
Palma Africana
Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man
Walter Benjamin's Grave
What Color Is the Sacred?
Eva Perón
Grave Matters
Music and Capitalism
Music in the World
The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual
Strategic Affection?
Building Jaipur
Space and the Production of Cultural Difference among the Akha Prior to Globalization
Moving Away from Silence
An Aleutian Ethnography
The Cassowary's Revenge
Downtown Ladies
Red Man's America
Red Man's Religion
More Than God Demands
Kingship and Sacrifice
Tales of Ancient India
Ecstatic Encounters
Regulating Menstruation
Civil and Corrupt Asia
Engineering the Future, Understanding the Past
City Creatures
The Strangled Traveler
Material Fantasies
Trust and Power on the Shop Floor
Living without the Dead
From the Enemy's Point of View
The Inconstancy of the Indian Soul
Water Witching U.S.A.
Gods and Vampires
The Invention of Culture
The Moro Morality Play
Peripheral Visions
Unpopular Culture
Ethnographic Sorcery
Law in Everyday Japan
Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle
Navigators of the Contemporary
The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins
Urban Life in Contemporary China
Visible and Invisible Realms
Khanty, People of the Taiga
Behind the Veil in Arabia
In Honor of Fadime
Managing Turbulent Hearts
Tomorrow, God Willing
School for Cool
Wannabes, Goths, and Christians
Gypsy World
The Longing for Myth in Germany
Land Filled with Flies
Darwin's Cathedral
Performing Afro-Cuba
Navajo Kinship and Marriage
Democracy against Development
Belonging in an Adopted World
Malinowski's Kiriwina
Trans-Himalayan Borderlands
Out of the Pits
Recovered Roots
Body, Subject, and Power in China
Of Body and Brush
The Crosses of Auschwitz
Africa's Return Migrants

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