The course is meant for students in Society and Change Master’s program majoring in the field of Social and Cultural Anthropology and for students in the COS Master’s program. If there is space, other students from the Society and Change MA program or from other relevant MA programmes can be accepted into the course.
On completing this course, the student understands how ethnographic research produces comparable, anthropological knowledge. He or she is familiar with the historical and political circumstances that underlie the societies and life forms in the area that is under focus. The student is able to pursue an independent study of the ethnographic literature on this area, to incorporate its core topics in his or her own intellectual aims, and to recognize the importance of its core topics for the development of general theoretical discussions in anthropology.
This study unit is concerned with the anthropological research topics and traditions that have evolved in a particular ethnographic area. In addition to introducing core topics that arise in the anthropological literature on a specific geographic area, it aims at learning to think about these topics comparatively. The comparative method in anthropology is different from a method based on case studies in that it does not represent the ethnographic description of a single site as an instance of universal knowledge. Instead, it adopts a holistic perspective in which the meaning of human practice and experience is informed by its social and historical context. Anthropological knowledge is ultimately produced through the comparison ethnographic accounts of related phenomena in different sites. For this reason, anthropological training should include familiarity with more than one ethnographic area.
Literature for the faculty book exam:
The student selects one particular ethnographic area from those listed below and read the respective three books for the exam:
Pacific (Timo Kaartinen)
Besnier, Nico: Literacy, Emotion, and Authority
Gershon, Ilana: No Family Is an Island : Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora
Miyazaki, Hirokazu: The Method of Hope. Anthropology, Philosophy, and Fijian Knowledge
South East Asia (Timo Kaartinen)
Eilenberg, Michael 2012: At the Edges of States.
Spyer, Patricia 2000: The Memory of Trade
Tsing, Anna 1993: In the Realm of the Diamond Queen
Europe (Timo Kaartinen)
Dzenovska, Dace 2018. School of Europeanness : Tolerance and Other Lessons in Political Liberalism in Latvia
Green, Sarah 2005. Notes from the Balkans : locating marginality and ambiguity on the Greek-Albanian border
McCall Howard, Penny and Alexander Smith 2017. Environment, Labour and Capitalism at Sea : 'Working the Ground' in Scotland
South Asia (Tenhunen)
Mines, Diane P. ja Lamb, Sarah E 2010. Everyday Life in South Asia
Tenhunen Sirpa 2018. A Village Goes Mobile: Telephony, Mediation and Social Change in Rural India.
Michelutti, Lucia 2009. The Vernacularisation of Democracy. Politics, Caste and Religion in India
East Asia (Kajanus)
Chong, Kimberly 2018. Best Practice: Management Consulting and the Ethics of Financialization in China.
Yan, Yunxiang 2003. Private life under socialism: Love, intimacy, and family change in a Chinese village, 1949-1999
Schober, Elisabeth 2016. Base Encounters: The US Armed Forces in South Korea
Turner, Victor 1957. Schism and continuity in an African society: a study of Ndembu village life
Meyer, Birgit 1999. Translating the Devil: Religion and Modernity among the Ewe in Ghana
Piot, Charles. 2010. Nostalgia for the Future: West Africa after the Cold War
Latin America (Gross)
Taussig, Michael 1980. The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America
Scheper-Hughes, Nancy 1992. Death without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil
Norget, Kristin 2006. Days of Death, Days of Life: Ritual in the Popular Culture of Oaxaca
On a scale of 0 to 5. All completed studies will be taken into consideration, while self-assessment is promoted.
Instructions for examinations
- Faculty examinations are held in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3).
- Faculty examinations begin at 9.00. Students must arrive by 9.30 and may leave no earlier than 9.30.
- Students may take only writing utensils with them to their seats (no bags etc.). No programmable calculators or dictionaries are allowed.
- Mobile phones must be switched off.
- Examination answers must be returned to the invigilator in the examination envelope.
- Students must provide proof of identity when submitting their answers.
A theme seminar for small groups.