The Anthropology of South Asia (L6057)
The Anthropology of South Asia
Module details for 2011 cohort.
FHEQ Level 6
This module introduces students to some of the most important debates which have defined the study of South Asian societies. Starting with an interrogation of anthropological representations of South Asia, the module will explore debates about caste and hierarchy, leading to a discussion of everyday experiences of - and responses to - caste discrimination. The module will move on to consider the emergence of identity politics in the region, focusing in particular on debates about communal violence and its representation in popular culture and films. Communal identities, as well as power relations between people, are simultaneously expressed and challenged in popular religious practices. The module will introduce students to everyday religiosity, with reference to debates about worship, public religious festivals and pilgrimages. The module will also consider the embodiment of social relations and hierarchy, introducing students to specific understandings of the person, of bodies and health/diseases in relation to local medical systems.
|Dissertation (7000 words)||End of Year Assessment Week 1 Mon 16:00||100.00%|
Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.
Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.
|Spring Teaching||SEMINAR||3 hours||111111111111|
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