Syllabus/achievement requirements autumn 2014

Sosant 2525 Overheating: The anthropology of accelerated change

The syllabus is comprised of articles in Readers, online articles and two films.

Compendia can be purchased at the “Kopiutsalget” on the lower floor of Akademika bookstore. Valid student ID must be presented on purchasing compendia. If “Kopiutsalget” has sold out of a compendium please contact the department as early as possible in the semester in order that more may be obtained.

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Curriculum Articles in Readers/Compendia

Aguiar, José Carlos G. (2012) ‘They come from China’: Pirate CDs in Mexico in transnational perspective. In Gordon Mathews, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro and Carlos Alba Vega, eds.: Globalization From Below: The World's Other Economy, pp. 36-53. London: Routledge.

Appadurai, Arjun (2013) "Deep democracy: Urban governmentality and the horizon of politics", in Appadurai: The Future as Cultural Fact, pp. 153-78. London: Verso.

Barth, Fredrik (1978) "Conclusions", in Scale and Social Organization, pp. 253–272. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.

Bateson, Gregory (1972b) "Double bind 1969". In Steps to an ecology of mind, pp. 271–278. New York: Chandler.

Bateson, Gregory (1972a) "Ecology and flexibility in urban civilization", in Steps to an ecology of mind, pp. 494–505. New York: Chandler.

Edelman, Marc and Angelique Haugerud (2004) "Introduction", in Edelman and Haugerud, eds. The Anthropology of Development and Globalization, pp. 1–52. Oxford: Blackwell.

Ensor, Jonathan and Rachel Berger (2009) "Community-based adaptation and culture in theory and practice", chapter 14 in W. Neil Adger, Irene Lorenzoni and Karen O'Brien, eds., Adapting to Climate Change: Thresholds, Values, Governance, pp. 227–239. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland (2014) "Globalization and its contradictions: Anthropological research in an overheated world", forthcoming volume edited by Andrew Strathern and Pamela Stewart.

Escobar, Arturo (2008) "Introduction", in A. Escobar: Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, redes, pp. 1–26. Duke University Press.

Goody, Jack (1998) "The globalisation of Chinese Food", in J. Goody, Food and Love, pp. 161–172. Canbridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mathews, Gordon (2012) "Neoliberalism and globalization from below in Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong", in Gordon Mathews, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro and Carlos Alba Vega, eds.: Globalization From Below: The World's Other Economy, pp. 69-85. London: Routledge.

Maurer, Bill (2012) "Finance 2.0.", in Carrier, James, ed. A Handbook of Economic Anthropology, Second Edition, pp. 183–201. London: Edward Elgar.

Mintz, Sidney (1985) "Introduction" and Chapter 1: "Food, Sociality, and Sugar", in Mintz: Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Nash, June (2005) "Introduction: Social Movements and Global Processes", in June Nash, ed., Social Movements: An Anthropological Reader, pp 1-26. Malden: Blackwell.

Nuttall, Mark (2009) "Living in a world of movement: Human resilience to environmental instability in Greenland", in Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions, eds. Susan A. Crate and Mark Nuttall, pp. 292-310. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Orlove, Ben (2009) "The past, the present and some possible futures of adaptation", in Adapting to Climate Change: Thresholds, Values, Governance, eds. W. Neil Adger, Irene Lorenzoni and Karen O'Brien, pp. 131-163. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Van Daele, Wim (201*) "Oscillating between Village and Globe: Articulating Food in Sri Lankan Activism", in C. Counihan and V Siniscalchi, eds,. Food Activism: Agency, Democracy and Economy, pp. 211-224.  Bloomsbury Academic.

Wilhite, Harold (2013) "Energy consumption as cultural practice: implications for the theory and policy of sustainable energy use", in S. Strauss, S. Rupp & T. Love, eds., Cultures of Energy: Power, Practices, Technologies, pp. 60 - 73. Left Coast Press.

Wolf, Eric (1982) "The movement of commodities", in E. Wolf: Europe and the People Without History, pp. 310–353. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Yang, Yang (2012) "African traders in Guangzhou: Routes, reasons, profits, dreams", in Gordon Mathews, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro and Carlos Alba Vega, eds.: Globalization From Below: The World's Other Economy, pp. 154-170. London: Routledge.

Curriculum Online articles

Bateson, G., Jackson, D., Haley, D. and J. Weakland (1956): "Toward a theory of Schizophrenia", in Gregory Bateson (2000) Steps to an ecology of mind, pp 201-227. Chicago: University of Chicago press.  online chapter

Bauman, Zygmunt (2001) "Identity in the globalizing world", Social Anthropology, 9(2): 121–129. Wiley online library

Burawoy, Michael  "Introduction: Reaching for the global", in M. Burawoy et al., Global Ethnography: Forces, Connections, and Imaginations in a Postmodern World, pp. 1–40. Berkeley: University of California Press. Google scholar

Caldwell, Melissa (2004) "Domesticating the French Fry: McDonaldʼs and Consumerism in Moscow", Journal of Consumer Culture, 4(1): 5–26.

Collier, Stephen and Aihwa Ong (2005) "Global Aassemblages: Anthropological problems", in A. Ong and S. Collier, eds., Global AssemblagesTechnology, Politics and Ethics as Anthropological Problems, pp. 1–20. Oxford: Blackwell. online-article

Comaroff, John and Jean L. Comaroff (2000) "Millennial capitalism: First thoughts on a second coming", Public Culture, 12 (2): 291–343. Duke university press

Dalsgaard, Steffen (2013) "The commensurability of carbon", HAU, 3 (1): 80–98.

Della Porta, Donatella and Mario Diani (2006) "The study of social movements: Recurring questions, (+partially) changing answer", in D. Della Porta and M. Diani, Social Movements: An Introduction, pp. 1–22. Basingstoke: Wiley.

Ferguson, James (2010) "The uses of neoliberalism", Antipode, 41 (s1): 166–184. Wiley online Library

Geschiere, Peter (2008) "Witchcraft and the state: Cameroon and South Africa", Past & Present, 199 (supp 3): 313–335.

Gupta, Akhil and James Ferguson (1997) "Beyond ‘culture‚: Space, identity, and the politics of difference", Cultural Anthropology, 7 (1): 6–23.

Hannerz, Ulf (2000) "Flows, boundaries and hybrids: Keywords in transnational anthropology". Working paper no. WPTC-2K-02. Oxford: University of Oxford. Transnational Communities Programme.

Hastrup, Kirsten (2013)  "Scales of attention in fieldwork: Global connections and local concerns in the Arctic", Ethnography, 14 (2) : 145–164.

Lien, Marianne E. and Aidan Davidson (2011) "Roots, rupture and remembrance: The Tasmanian lives of Monterey pine", Journal of Material Culture, 15(2): 1–21.

Marcus, George (1995) "Ethnography in/of the world system: The emergence of multi-sited ethnography", Annual Review of Anthropology, 24: 95–117.

Pleyers, Geoffrey (2010) Alter-Globalization. In Keith Hart, Jean-Louis Laville and Antonio David Cattani, eds. (2010) The Human  Economy, pp. 63–74. Cambridge: Polity. LAST OPP PDF

Rijke, Kim de (2013) "Hydraulically fractured: Unconventional gas and anthropology", Anthropology Today, 29 (2): 13–17. Wiley online library

Steffen, Will, Paul J. Crutzen og John R. McNeill (2007) "The Anthropocene: Are Human Beings Now Overwhelming the Forces of Nature?",  AMBIO, 36(8):614–21.

Tett, Gillian (2009) The derivatives dream. In G. Tett: Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe, pp. 3–25. London: Little, Brown. LAST OPP PDF

Tsing, Anna (2000) "The global situation", Cultural Anthropology, 15 (3): 327–356.

Vertovec, Steven (2007) "Super-diversity and its implications", Ethnic and Racial Studies, 30 (6): 1024–1054. Taylor & Francis online

White, Leslie (1943) "Energy and the evolution of culture", American Anthropologist, 45 (3): 335–356.

Willow, Anna J. (2011) "Indigenizing Invasive Species Management: Native North Americans and the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Beetle", Journal of Culture and Agriculture, 33 (2): 70–82. Wiley online library

Wimmer, Andreas and Nina Glick Schiller (2002) "Methodological nationalism and beyond: Nation-state building, migration and the social Sciences", Global Networks, vol. 2 (4): 301–334. Wiley online Library


Ferguson, Charles H. (2010) Inside Job

Sauper, Hubert (2004) Darwin's Nightmare

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