9225A - From Standpoint to Community - Prof. Regna Darnell
This course, cross-listed between Anthropology and Theory and Criticism, explores the relationship of individual and group/society/culture as the perennial question of the social sciences. Psychology and sociology respectively have focused on one pole of this binary. In contrast, we will take the standpoint of the individual and “the impact of culture on personality” as sides of a single coin. We will worry this question through several lenses, including for example: the apparent contrast between Durkheim and Weber; the so-called linguistic relativity hypothesis of Sapir and Whorf; the national character/culture-and-personality school of anthropology; Bourdieu, DeCerteau, Goffman on everyday life; Deleuze and Guattari on schizophrenia and capitalism (from Anti-Oedipus vs. Freud to 1000 Plateaus).; the posthuman and actor networks (Latour). Students will be encouraged to add to the set of possible instantiations.
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