This course traces the theories, debates, and paradigms that have shaped the anthropological thought. What might we see and understand differently if we trace the intellectual history of a discipline critiqued for its entanglements with colonialism and androcentrism from a different angle, off center or from the fringes? What might come into focus in this exercise? How can this shift in perspective and focus allow us to rethink our own processes of knowledge production? The key figures through whose work we will weave the intellectual history of anthropological thought in this course will be indigenous scholars, scholars of color, or scholars who, despite the valuable quality of their contributions are associated with the "anthropological canon” in lower tiers. We will locate these shapers in relation not only to the conditions of disciplinary knowledge production of their time but also in relation to the larger political and cultural currents to which they have been responding at different scales.
Decolonizing Anthropology (2010), 3rd ed. Edited by Faye V. Harrison. Publisher: American Anthropological Association. You can purchase this book here.
Anthropological theory: an introductory history/ R. Jon McGee, Richard L. Warms (1996-2-16). You can use any of the editions of this textbook on Reserve at the library.