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As you know, every week you have something to read. We usually call this a “reading,” and that’s fine. But it is also somebody’s “writing.” Scholars usually present their ideas and the results of their research by writing about it. Often their writing is not intended for students (although the truly great scholars are able to explain their ideas in words that anyone can understand, and we do try to find this kind of work for class). But if they weren’t writing for students, what were they trying to do?
It’s useful to learn the different kinds of writing that scholars do so you can be aware of the context in which it is written. (This will be especially relevant for your assignment in Module III.) There are four major types of writing that scholars produce:
Cliggett, Lisa. 2003. “Gift Remitting and Alliance Building in Zambian Modernity: Old Answers to Modern Problems.” American Anthropologist 105 (3): 543–52. doi:10.1525/aa.2003.105.3.543.
Piot, Charles. 1999. Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Sullivan, Lawrence E. 1994. “The Attributes and Power of the Shaman: A General Description of the Ecstatic Care of the Soul.” In Ancient Traditions: Shamanism in Central Asia and the Americas, edited by Gary Seaman and Jane Stevenson Day, 29–45. Niwot: University Press of Colorado.
Assignments: Qualitative analysis of a birth interview, Cultural contextualization of an observation about childhood, Assessing Mauss’s influence: An exercise in research skill, Constructive criticism of a colleague’s Mauss research, Critique of your own cultural assumptions, Lecture questions
Class info: Welcome to anthropology, What is anthropology, and why should we care?, What we will do in class, Attendance, timetables, lectures, tutorials, and the hybrid format of this class, Late work, special consideration, and no-disadvantage assessment, The keys to success in this class, How to Zoom to class, Types of scholarly writing, Writing an effective email, Formatting and software requirements for assignments