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Fall 2018-2019
* ANT 336 / LAS 384 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Anthropology of Selected Regions - The Amazon

Justin D. Perez

We survey the Amazonian region as the product of dynamic historical, economic, and ecological processes, focusing on how ethnographic traditions have contributed to its construction. From accounts of shamanism to reflections on the ethics of ethnographic fieldwork, anthropological debates around Amazonian cultures have animated broader discussions about the consequences of resource exploitation, the boundaries of nature and culture, and what it means to be human. We identify some traditional themes of Amazonian anthropology and examine emerging spaces, actors, and questions that continue to make the region relevant to anthropological inquiry.

Sample reading list:
Beth Conklin, Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian
Harry Walker, Under a Watchful Eye: Self, Power, and Intimacy in Amazonia
Suzana Sawyer, Crude Chronicles: Indigenous Politics, Multinational Oil
Jeffrey Hoelle, Rainforest Cowboys: The Rise of Ranching and Cattle Culture
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: 125-150 pages of reading per week. Writing: Seven one-page summaries of assigned readings (35%) and two current event presentations (10%). A term paper proposal (10%) and term paper (35%) will be submitted in lieu of a final exam.

Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23207 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:11 Limit:20