Faculty of Arts


Cultural Worlds in Anthropological Perspective


Welcome! This course is intended to develop students’ familiarity with some writers and issues of foundational and contemporary significance in social and cultural anthropology. In addition to reading some early works, we consider their influence in contemporary practice. Some of the writers covered are not, themselves, anthropologists, but anthropology has always had a broad orientation, and the works we consider have been influential within the discipline.

Although no single moment marks the emergence of contemporary anthropology, we confine ourselves to the theorists of the late nineteenth century and afterwards to provide an understanding of some key intellectual developments in social and cultural anthropology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Insight into the nature of theoretical analysis generally
  • Understanding of key aspects of the theories covered
  • Developed ability to discern complementary and contrasting relationships between theoretical approaches
  • Critical insight into the value of different theoretical perspectives and their potential relevance
  • A capacity for balanced engagement with contemporary issues and debates in sociocultural anthropology
  • Theoretical resources appropriate to the development of Masters-level research in sociocultural anthropology

Availability 2019

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Christine Dureau


Ferguson, James, 1999. Expectations of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambian Copperbelt. Berkeley: Cambridge University Press.


ANTHRO 761: 15.0 points


Permission of Head of Anthropology



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