What is America? Who are the American people? How is American culture defined both “at home” and abroad? Using anthropological and historical knowledge, we will trace how American society, broadly defined, emerged from the precolonial era to the present day. Students will not be required to purchase textbooks for this course; instead, course readings cover a wide spectrum of ethnographic texts with topics ranging from nationalism, immigration, countercultures, religion, rural and urban communities, social justice and political movements. Students will directly apply ethnographic data and methods derived from social science research in and of the United States in projects directly related to their own experiences living in the U.S.
Instructor Allison Formanack
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