There will be two "bulk packs" of readings for the course. The first one is available now from the SEAS copy center, and the second one will be available before spring break. In addition, most if not all readings will be available on-line as .pdf files on the password-protected Blackboard site, with active hyperlinks from this page.
In addition, most lectures will involve PowerPoint or html lecture notes, which will also be linked from this page.
|1||1/08||Course overview and structure;
Introductions and discussion
|2||1/10||Presentation and discussion of initial examples||All||Entine, Jon, "
The Straw Man of 'Race'", The World & I, vol. 16 no.
9 pp. 294-317 (9/2001)
Selection from " Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes" video (shown in class)
|3||1/15||Topic 1: Humanness||Mann||Smedley, Audrey "Introduction" and "Some Theoretical Considerations" [part 1]and [part 2]. In Race in North America (1999).|
|4||1/17||Topic 1: Humanness||Urban||Geertz, Clifford. "The Concept of Man in Light of the Concept of Culture." In The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays. New York: Basic Books. (1973). Diamond, Jared. "Why is World History Like an Onion" and "Yali's Question" in Guns, Germs, and Steel, pp. 9-32. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. (1977).|
|5||1/22||Topic 1: Humanness
Miller, G. chapter 1 ("The Scientific
Study of Language") in The Science of Words, (1996).
|6||1/24||1 (Panel Discussion)||All|
|7||1/29||Topic 2: Variation and adaptation||Mann||
Molnar, Stephen, "The biological basis for human variation". In Human
Variation: Races, Types and Ethnic Groups. (1998). [part1]
|8||1/31||Topic 2: Variation and adaptation||Urban||Nanda, Serena. Chapter One: "Hijra Roles in Indian Society," and Chapter
Two: "The Hijra as Neither Man nor Woman. In Neither Man nor Woman: The
Hijras of India, p. ix, xvii-xxi, and pp. 1-23. New York: Wadsworth
Publishing Co. (1998) [part1]
Herdt, Gilbert. Selection from Ch. 4: "Gender and Socialization." In The Sambia: Ritual and Gender in New Guinea, pp. 75-91. Ft. Worth: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers. (1981). [part1] [part2]
|9||2/5||Topic 2: Variation and adaptation||Liberman|| Axelrod, R.A. "Evolving new strategies" (pp.
15-19)". In The Complexity of Cooperation. (1997).
Pinker, S. chapter 8 in The Language Instinct. (1994). [part1] [part2]
2 (Panel Discussion)
|11||2/12||Topic 3: Tracing backwards||Mann|
|12||2/14||Topic 3: Tracing backwards||Urban||Sahlins, Marshall. "Critique of the Scientific Sociolobiology: Kin Selection." The Use and Abuse of Biology: An Anthropological Critique of Sociobiology, pp. 17-67. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. (1988). [part1] [part2]|
|13||2/19||Topic 3: Tracing backwards||Liberman||Cavalli-Sforza, L. L. chapter 5 in Genes, Peoples and Languages. (2000). [part1] [part2]|
|14||2/21||3 (Panel Discussion)||All|
|15||2/26||Topic 4: Transmission of information||Mann|
|16||2/28||Topic 4: Transmission of information||Urban||
Smith, J.M. and Eors Szathmary. "From Animal Societies to Human Societies"
and "The Origin of Language." In The Origins of Life. (1999). [part1]
|17||3/5||Topic 4: Transmission of information||Liberman||N/A|
|NEW: Templeton, Alan. "Out
of Africa again and again." Nature 416, 45 - 51 (2002) [published
Unless you are interested, you don't need to try to follow the details of the analysis, but see especially Figure 1: A new model of recent human evolution.
|19||3/19||Topic 5: Theories & ideologies of group identity||Mann||Marks, J. and Gill, G.W. "Should anthropology abandon the concept of race?".
In Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Anthropology.(2000).
Montagu, A. "The concept of race". In The Concept of Race, Ashley Montagu, ed. New York: The Free Press. (1964)
Entine, Jon Forward and Chapters 1, 20 and 24, in Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk About It. (2000)
[Various Authors]. Reviews of The Bell Curve; The Evolution of Racism; Human Biodiversity; Race and Evolution and Behavior. Evolutionary Anthropology 6: 99-109. (1995).
|20||3/21||Topic 5: Theories & ideologies of group identity||Liberman||Gil-White, Francisco. "Are
ethnic groups biological 'species' to the human brain?: Essentialism in
our cognition of some social categories." Current Anthropology
42(4): 515-554 (2001).
|Topic 5: Theories & ideologies of group identity||Urban||La Fontaine, J.S. "Child
Sexual Abuse and the Incest Taboo: Practical Problems and Theoretical
Issues." Man, Vol. 23(1): 1-18. (1988).
Kottak, Conrad Phillip "The Cultural Construction of Race" and "Kinship, Descent, and Marriage." In Mirror for Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, pp. 57-75 and 173-182. New York: McGraw-Hill. (1996).
Fortes, Meyer. "The Structure of Unilineal Descent Groups." American Anthropologist 55: 25-39. (1953).
|22||3/28||5 (Panel Discussion)||All|
|23||4/2||Topic 6: From now to the future||Mann|
|24||4/4||Topic 6: From now to the future||Liberman||McWhorter, John. "Most of the World's Languages Went Extinct." pp. 253-286 (Chapter 7) of The Power of Babel (2001). [part1] [part2]|
|4/9||Topic 6: From now to the future||Urban||Fagan, Brian. Chapter 9: "A
Plenteous Harvest." In People of the Earth: An Introduction to World
Prehistory, 7th ed. New York: Harper Collins. (1992)..
Rabinow, Paul. "Introduction" and Chapter 1: "Toward Biotechnology." In Making PCR: A Story of Biotechnology, pp. 1-45. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. (1996). [part1] [part2]
|26||4/11||6 (Panel Discussion)||All|
|27||4/16||Conclusion 1 (Lecture)||All|
|28||4/18||Conclusion 2 (Lecture)||All||Discussion of "descent graphs"|