Anthropology of the Body (ANTH2632)


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 the body through the study of key texts in a range of theoretical approaches, including Mauss, Marx, Bourdieu, phenomenology and post-structuralism. Each theoretical approach will be matched with classic and contemporary ethnographic readings.

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2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd Take-home exercise (25%), 1x2500wd Major Essay (50%), 1x1000wd Tutorial notebook (20%), Tutorial participation (5%)

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12 Junior credit points from Anthropology and 12 senior credit points from Anthropology

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