Department of Anthropology

James Brow


Professor EmeritusPh.D., University of Washington

James Brow

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Interests


Social anthropology of South Asia, especially Sri Lanka; agrarian change, economic development, colonialism, nationalism, ethnicity, globalization.

Biography


Research interests:
Political economy, social theory, colonialism and nationalism; South Asia. Anthropology of development and underdevelopment; Sri Lanka; South Asian anthropology; economic development in village communities.

Courses


ANT 392M • Intro To Grad Social Anthro

30705 • Fall 2009
Meets W 10:30AM-12:00PM EPS 1.128

Introduction to Graduate Social Anthropology

Anthropology 392M (30860, 30865)

Fall 2009

 

Professor James Brow                                                                        Professor Kamran Asdar Ali

Office: EPS 2.208                                                                        Office EPS 1.116

Office Hours: M 1:30 to 3:00 and W 2-4                                                   Tuesday 1-3

Office Phone: 471-0058                                                                        Office Phone: 471-7531

jbrow@mail.utexas.edu            `                                                            asdar@mail.utexas.edu

 

Description

This course introduces students to theory in sociocultural anthropology from its colonial roots to the contemporary period. This course is not a history of anthropological theory, but will provide a chronological and contextualized perspective as we explore and interpret the relationships between varying and, at times, competing theoretical, epistemological, and ethical claims on anthropology.

 

There are two sections of the course, both of which are co-taught by Professors Ali and Brow.  The sections meet together on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:45 A.M. in EPS 1.128 for a common lecture that introduces the assigned readings for the week.  Each section meets separately in a seminar to discuss the week’s readings, Seminars will be held on Mondays in EPS 1.130KA, one at 9:00 and the other at 10:30.  Both seminars will be led by the professor who introduced the week’s topic the previous Wednesday.

 

Requirements

Students will be expected to write four papers of 5 to 6 double-spaced pages (approximately 1250 to 1500 words) over the span of the semester. Two papers will be submitted to each of the two instructors. Papers are to be concise and cogent discussions of the readings, and are based on a focus questions provided for each assignment. Late papers will be marked down substantially, and papers more than two days late will ordinarily not be accepted. Each paper will be worth 15% of the overall grade.

 

Each student will be expected to lead the discussion, and to write a discussion paper of one to one-and-a-half pages, for four seminars, two for each of the instructors. These papers, copies of which are to be distributed to all members of your seminar group, should address significant issues raised by the readings and provide a focus for the seminar discussion.

 

Class participation is absolutely essential. Students are expected to attend class regularly, and to be ready to participate in the seminar discussion.  Unexcused absences will lower a grade. Attendance, participation in class discussions, and discussion papers will comprise 40% of the final grade.

 

Grading Summary

Four papers, each worth 15% of the overall grade……………………………….60% of overall grade                       

Discussion papers and leadership, class participation and attendance…………...40% of overall grade

                                                                                                  TOTAL                      100%

 

Books

The following books are available at the University Co-op Bookstore:

Tucker, Robert C., ed., The Marx-Engels  Reader (2nd ed). New York: Norton,1978

Wolf Heydebrand, ed., Max Weber: Sociological Writings. New York: Continuum, 1994.

E.R. Leach, Political Systems of Highland Burma. London: Berg, 1954.

Pierre Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1977.

Williams, Raymond., Marxism and Literature.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977

              Marshall Sahlins, Historical Metaphors and Mythical

ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology-Honors

30425 • Fall 2008
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM MEZ 1.120

This course focuses on "classic" themes in anthropology such as ethnicity, language, adaptation, marriage, kinship, gender, religion, and social stratification.  We will consider anthropological theory from its 19th-century origins to the present.  The course also explores the nature of ethnographic field work, especially the relationship between the anthropologist and the field community.  
The lectures, readings, and films for this course have been selected with the objective of exploring the social meanings with which diverse groups invest their life.  By comparing and analyzing the similarities and differences between "us" and "others," both within the borders of the U.S. and abroad, the anthropological perspective can expose some of our own cultural assumptions and enable us to better understand diverse cultures.

ANT 392M • Intro To Grad Social Anthro

30860-30865 • Fall 2008
Meets W 10:30AM-12:00PM EPS 1.128

This course introduces students to theory in sociocultural anthropology from its colonial roots to the contemporary period. This course is not a history of anthropological theory, but will provide a chronological and contextualized perspective as we explore and interpret the relationships between varying and, at times, competing theoretical, epistemological, and ethical claims on anthropology.

ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology-Honors

30805 • Fall 2007
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM MEZ 1.120

This course focuses on "classic" themes in anthropology such as ethnicity, language, adaptation, marriage, kinship, gender, religion, and social stratification.  We will consider anthropological theory from its 19th-century origins to the present.  The course also explores the nature of ethnographic field work, especially the relationship between the anthropologist and the field community.  
The lectures, readings, and films for this course have been selected with the objective of exploring the social meanings with which diverse groups invest their life.  By comparing and analyzing the similarities and differences between "us" and "others," both within the borders of the U.S. and abroad, the anthropological perspective can expose some of our own cultural assumptions and enable us to better understand diverse cultures.

ANT 392M • Intro To Grad Social Anthro

31180 • Fall 2007
Meets T 9:00AM-12:00PM EPS 1.130KA

This course introduces students to theory in sociocultural anthropology from its colonial roots to the contemporary period. This course is not a history of anthropological theory, but will provide a chronological and contextualized perspective as we explore and interpret the relationships between varying and, at times, competing theoretical, epistemological, and ethical claims on anthropology.

ANT 392M • Intro To Grad Social Anthro

30745 • Fall 2006
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM EPS 1.128

This course introduces students to theory in sociocultural anthropology from its colonial roots to the contemporary period. This course is not a history of anthropological theory, but will provide a chronological and contextualized perspective as we explore and interpret the relationships between varying and, at times, competing theoretical, epistemological, and ethical claims on anthropology.

ANT 392M • Intro To Grad Social Anthro

28845 • Fall 2005
Meets T 9:00AM-12:00PM EPS 1.130KA

This course introduces students to theory in sociocultural anthropology from its colonial roots to the contemporary period. This course is not a history of anthropological theory, but will provide a chronological and contextualized perspective as we explore and interpret the relationships between varying and, at times, competing theoretical, epistemological, and ethical claims on anthropology.

ANT 392M • Intro To Grad Social Anthro

28605 • Fall 2004
Meets TW 10:30AM-12:00PM EPS 1.130KA

This course introduces students to theory in sociocultural anthropology from its colonial roots to the contemporary period. This course is not a history of anthropological theory, but will provide a chronological and contextualized perspective as we explore and interpret the relationships between varying and, at times, competing theoretical, epistemological, and ethical claims on anthropology.

ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology

26715-26790 • Fall 2003
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:00PM BAT 7

This course focuses on "classic" themes in anthropology such as ethnicity, language, adaptation, marriage, kinship, gender, religion, and social stratification.  We will consider anthropological theory from its 19th-century origins to the present.  The course also explores the nature of ethnographic field work, especially the relationship between the anthropologist and the field community.  
The lectures, readings, and films for this course have been selected with the objective of exploring the social meanings with which diverse groups invest their life.  By comparing and analyzing the similarities and differences between "us" and "others," both within the borders of the U.S. and abroad, the anthropological perspective can expose some of our own cultural assumptions and enable us to better understand diverse cultures.

ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology

25935-25990 • Spring 2003
Meets MW 2:00PM-3:00PM ART 1.102

This course focuses on "classic" themes in anthropology such as ethnicity, language, adaptation, marriage, kinship, gender, religion, and social stratification.  We will consider anthropological theory from its 19th-century origins to the present.  The course also explores the nature of ethnographic field work, especially the relationship between the anthropologist and the field community.  
The lectures, readings, and films for this course have been selected with the objective of exploring the social meanings with which diverse groups invest their life.  By comparing and analyzing the similarities and differences between "us" and "others," both within the borders of the U.S. and abroad, the anthropological perspective can expose some of our own cultural assumptions and enable us to better understand diverse cultures.

ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology

26240-26295 • Spring 2002
Meets MW 2:00PM-3:00PM ART 1.102

This course focuses on "classic" themes in anthropology such as ethnicity, language, adaptation, marriage, kinship, gender, religion, and social stratification.  We will consider anthropological theory from its 19th-century origins to the present.  The course also explores the nature of ethnographic field work, especially the relationship between the anthropologist and the field community.  
The lectures, readings, and films for this course have been selected with the objective of exploring the social meanings with which diverse groups invest their life.  By comparing and analyzing the similarities and differences between "us" and "others," both within the borders of the U.S. and abroad, the anthropological perspective can expose some of our own cultural assumptions and enable us to better understand diverse cultures.

ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology

27000-27015 • Fall 2000
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM WEL 2.312

This course focuses on "classic" themes in anthropology such as ethnicity, language, adaptation, marriage, kinship, gender, religion, and social stratification.  We will consider anthropological theory from its 19th-century origins to the present.  The course also explores the nature of ethnographic field work, especially the relationship between the anthropologist and the field community.  
The lectures, readings, and films for this course have been selected with the objective of exploring the social meanings with which diverse groups invest their life.  By comparing and analyzing the similarities and differences between "us" and "others," both within the borders of the U.S. and abroad, the anthropological perspective can expose some of our own cultural assumptions and enable us to better understand diverse cultures.

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