Spring 2024

Sociocultural Anthropology

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-112


Christopher T. Dole (Section 01)


Through the comparative study of culture and society, anthropology explores fundamental questions about what it means to be and become human. Based on deep engagements with specific groups, communities, and settings, anthropology examines the practices, structures, and meanings that shape lived experience. This course introduces students to the basic concepts and methods of sociocultural anthropology. Drawing on a wide range of ethnographic cases, the course will provide frameworks for analyzing diverse facets of human experience such as gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, politics, economics, language, technology, medicine, and art. In addition to giving students a taste of the variety of topics explored by anthropologists, the course will also introduce students to the discipline's central methodological investment in ethnography as a uniquely illuminating mode of inquiry.

Limited to 45 students. Spring semester. Professor Dole.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference to first- and second-year students, and to majors who have yet to take this required course.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, reading, in-class quizzes or exams.

ANTH 112 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM FAYE 115
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM FAYE 115

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies 2000 (1954) New York: Norton Marcel Mauss. Amherst Books TBD
Life Beside Itself Imagining Care in the Canadian Arctic 1014 .ucpress Lisa Stevenson Amherst Books TBD
The Land of Open Graves Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail 2015 UCPRESS Jason De Leon Amherst Books TBD
The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins 2021 Princeton: Princeton University Press. Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Spring 2024, Fall 2024