Units of Study

ANTH2632 - Anthropology of the Body

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Yasmine Musharbash


The body as a site of culture has been of interest to anthropologists from the inception of the discipline. This unit focuses on the theory and history of developments in anthropological approaches to and ethnographic explorations of the body. By exploring Mauss's techniques of the body, Bourdieu's habitus, and embodiment theories from the 20th and early 21st centuries, the unit investigates themes like sleeping, walking, the right hand, hair, organs, military bodies and cyborgs from a cross-cultural perspective.


1x1000wd equiv. tutorial notebook, participation and group presentation (20%), 1x1000wd review essay (35%), and 1x2500wd final essay (45%).


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week commencing week 2


ANTH1001, ANTH1002

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