Spring 2008

Psychological Anthropology

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-36

Faculty

Douglas A. Raybeck (Section 01)

Description

This course reviews some of the more notable debates in the field of psychological anthropology. To do so, it utilizes a multi-disciplinary perspective that draws from biology, psychology, and anthropology. The search is for complementarities among these disciplines rather than conflicts between them, and the task requires a good deal of thinking "outside the box." In addition, the task demands the development of conceptual skills necessary to move between analytic levels (from, for example, the organism to the thinking person to the social body-and back again) without either reducing or reifying. Students will be asked to read primary materials, both classic and current, about, among other controversial topics: the relationships between sex and gender; among language, perception, and motivation; and between (as argued by some) race and intelligence. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 20 students. Second semester. Visiting Lecturer Raybeck.