ANTHR 4478

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017. Courses of Study 2017-2018 is scheduled to publish mid-June.

This course introduces students to the anthropology of taboo, dirt, cleanliness and purification. We'll examine the latest attempts to re-think and understand these classic topics through a range of cases, including sexual and blood taboos; ideas of racial or ethnic purity and purification; taboos governing food choices or religious practices; "primitive" fear and avoidance; as well as contemporary conceptions of filth and waste and their treatment in Western societies. We'll survey a wealth of writings on these topics, from anthropology (Douglas, Valeri, and others) as well as from psychology and literary studies (Freud, Kristeva, etc.).

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS)

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