Explain the anthropological concept of “culture.” Explain how anthropologists study, analyze, collect data on “culture.”

Explain the anthropological concept of “culture.” Explain how anthropologists study, analyze, collect data on “culture.”

minimum of three readings from the section “What is Culture?.”


1) Stuart Hall (2002) “The Work of Representation” In Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. Ed. Stuart Hall. Sage: Thousand Oaks pp. 1-20

2) David M. Schneider (1980) “Introduction” and “Conclusion” In American Kinship: A Cultural Account. University of Chicago Press: Chicago pp. 1-18, 107-117

3) Clifford Geertz (1973) “Thick Description: Towards an Interpretive Theory of Culture” In The Interpretation of Culture. Basic Books: New York pp. 3-30

4) Renato Rosaldo (1989) “Grief and a Headhunter’s Rage” In Culture & Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis. Beacon: Boston pp. 1-21

5)  Chris Kortright (2013) “On Labor and Creative Transformations in the Experimental Fields of the Philippines.” East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal 7(4): 557-578

6) Michelle Stewart (2011) “The Space Between the Steps: Reckoning in an Era of Reconciliation” Contemporary Justice Review 14(1): 43-63

7) Jieun Lee (2020) “Promising Potency: Bio-evangelical Networking in a Korean Stem Cell Enterprise” Science as Culture 29(4): 594-616

8) Vivian Choi (2015) Anticipatory States: Tsunami, War, and Insecurity in Sri Lanka Cultural Anthropology 30(2): 286–309

9) Nicholas D’Avella (2014) “Ecologies of Investment: Crisis Histories and Brick Futures in Argentina” Cultural Anthropology 29(1): 173-199

10) Allen Tran (2018) “The anxiety of romantic love in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 24, 512-531

11) Jenna Grant (2021) “Portrait and Scan” Public Culture 33(3): 349-369

12) Waqas Butt (2020) “Waste intimacies: Caste and the unevenness of life in urban Pakistan” American Ethnologist 47(3): 234-248

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