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ANTH 378 AX   Social Theory-Everyday Life back to previous pageBack to Results  
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InstructorRies, Nancy V.
MeetsTR120-235, ALUMNI 331
RestrictionsNo 2021
DistributionSocial Relations,Inst.& Agents
Core AreaNone

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Since classical times, philosophers and historians have studied and recorded the details of everyday life with an eye to grasping the meaning of social practice. The past 50 years, however, have seen the bourgeoning of an exciting body of critical theory on the quotidian. Much of this work is concerned with profound questions about how the systems, structures, and practices of modernity shape basic human interactions with things, with places, and with other persons, and how these, in turn, reproduce social structures. This course presents sociological and anthropological texts concerned with everyday domesticity, cuisine, gesture, movement, activity, entertainment, talk, schooling, and bureaucracy, and explores the theoretical paradigms of knowledge, practice, and power to which these texts are ultimately addressed.

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