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2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ANT 3630 - Epistemology and Praxis (3)

When Offered: Spring
Representation and the epistemological problems inherent to it are key anthropological problems of the 21st century. Instead of studying identifiable, rooted communities, anthropologists have turned their attention to the rhetorical construction underpinning the very ideas and practices sustaining the experiences of rootedness and group identity. In a world marked more than ever by the politics of identity, access to resources is often predicated on establishing a clear membership in recognizable groups. This seminar will offer students a critical understanding of the construction of ‘truth’ which bolsters or provides obstacles to claims of membership and includes a discussion of the precarious nature of engagement which disrupts the balance between academic rigor and solidarity.