EGST 0217 - Culture and Personality

Credits: 3

Crosslisted: ANTH 0217 .

An introduction to a variety of cultures from the perspective of the "culture and personality" school of cultural anthropology often referred to as the Columbia School. These anthropologists, starting with Boas, Mead, Benedict, Sapir and others developed a variety of skills involving the study of culture and language, gender, emotion/psychology and visual and behavioral cues to study the personalities that cultures encourage and/or stigmatize. This course traces these anthropological insights in a series of studies from early models of study to exploring present day "culture and personality" ethnographic research which focus on culture's role in identity and power construction. This course addresses the complicated relationship that anthropologists have had as "natives" of the colonizing country who are in many cases attempting to advocate for the indigenous "other" they are studying.

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