00045 - Cultural Anthropology

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student should be able to: - identify the main theoretical approaches and methodological issues that have been characterizing the anthropological studies, with particular reference to the processes and educational settings; - know the notion of "fieldwork" has been developed in the past and how ethnographic practice today takes place; understand and identify the evolution of notions such as culture and ethnicity and their effects in the analysis and processing of social processes (disease, marginality, migration) -  deal with the correct use of anthropological knowledge in his/her future professional practices; apply the theoretical knowledges for a critical understanding of migration processes and intercultural mediation; translate the theoretical and methodological knowledge into critical and self-critical skills in his/her professional environment; - interpret the informations emerging from the professional work as data to be processed according to an ethnographic model; - share the critical approach within his/her working group;- enlarge his/her own analytical tools with the use of anthropological knowledge   



Course contents

The course aims to provide a general introduction to the history of anthropology, to the key concepts, as well as to the main theoretical and methodological issues and debates that have been characterizing the discipline. The first part of the course will focus on the origin and development of the anthropological studies, on some key paradigms, on the changing issues related to the concept of fieldwork and will aim to provide the critical tools needed to analyze the notions of culture, identity, ethnicity. The second part will aim to introduce some anthropological fields, by especially focusing on the contexts, issues and problems the students will face in doing their future professional career. To this end will be mainly taken into account the anthropology of migration, with a main focus on daily multiculturalism, new racisms, identity trajectories of young people with migrant background; the anthropology of  gender with reference to female migrants' transnational processes; the ethnography of public policies, with a main focus on the relationship between schools and migrant families as well as welfare practitioners and foreign users.



Recommended reading:

1) Dei F., Antropologia culturale, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2012 (except ch. 7, 8, 10)

2) Rossi C., Antropologia culturale. Appunti di metodoper la ricerca nei mondi contemporanei . Milano, Guerini e Associati, 2003 (only chapter1).

3)Vietti F. Il paese delle badanti. Una migrazione silenziosa, SEI, 2012.

4) Lofranco T.Z., Pusceddu A.M. (eds), Oltre Adriatico e ritorno. Percorsi antropologici tra Italia e Sudest Europa, Meltemi, Roma, 2017.

Further reading (first part)

Fabietti U., 2010. Elementi di antropologia culturale, Mondadori Universita', Milano.

Matera V., 2006. Antropologia in sette parole chiave, Sellerio Editore, Palermo.

Hannerz U., 2012. Il mondo dell'antropologia, Il Mulino, Bologna.

Auge M., Colleyn J., 2006. L'antropologia del mondo contemporaneo, Eleuthera, Milano

Cappelletto F. (ed), 2009. Vivere l'etnografia, Seid, Firenze.

Fabietti U., 1995. L'identita'  etnica: storia e critica di un concetto equivoco, NIS, Roma.

Gallissot R., Kilani M. and Rivera A., 2001. L'imbroglio etnico: in quattordici parole-chiave, Bari, Dedalo.

Further readings (second part)

Baumann G., 2003. L'enigma multiculturale. Stati, etnie, religioni, Il Mulino, Bologna.

Grillo R.D., Pratt. J. (eds), 2006. Le politiche del riconoscimento delle differenze. Multiculturalismo all'italiana, Rimini, Guaraldi.

Callari Galli, M., Scandurra, G., 2009. Stranieri a casa. Contesti urbani, processi migratori e giovani migranti, Rimini, Guaraldi.

Guerzoni G., Riccio B. (eds), 2009. Giovani in cerca di cittadinanza. I figli dell'immigrazione tra scuola e associazionismo, Rimini, Guaraldi.

Piasere L., 2010. A scuola. Tra antropologia e educazione, Seid, Firenze.

Riccio B., 2007. Toubab e vu cumpra' . Transnazionalita'  e rappresentazioni nelle migrazioni senegalesi in Italia, Cleub, Padova

Rossetti G., 2004. Terra incognita, Esperienze ed incontri in Africa, Rubbettino editore.

Sayad A., 2002, La doppia assenza, Milano, Raffaello Cortina Editore.

Taliani S., Vacchiano F., 2006. Altri Corpi. Antropologia ed etnopsicologia della migrazione, Milano, Unicopli.

Tarabusi F., 2009. Tracce di inclusione. Antropologia nello sviluppo e cooperazione decentrata in Bosnia-Erzegovina, Rimini, Guaraldi.

Tarabusi F., 2010. Dentro le politiche. Servizi, progetti, operatori: sguardi antropologici, Rimini, Guaraldi.

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Teaching methods

Interactive lectures, discussions, video analysis.

Online assignments (e-learning activities) will be provided as well

Assessment methods

Written exam with open questions

Teaching tools

Texts, Power Point slides, videos; interactive classroom and online activities.

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Office hours

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