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This course is an introduction to the discipline of anthropology as the study of everyday social life in a variety of cultural worlds, including our own. The course introduces the major themes of anthropology: the concept of culture, how we get along with other people, the way our everyday lives are made meaningful and the tacit dimensions of social life. These themes are presented through case studies of everyday actions and social relations by anthropologists: the ways people in different societies create boundaries and meaning, cockfights in Indonesia, gifts and making friends, how and why social relations split up, understanding institutions, smoking cigarettes in Australia, driving cars in Nepal, resistance in Malaysia, and rituals in Africa.
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