Communication and Culture

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ANTH 123 900
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ARISPE-BAZAN, DIEGO

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This course offers an introduction to the foundational relationship between language and culture by examining anthropological approaches to how language reflects and transforms our ideas about the world, as well as our ideas about the people living in it. Guiding questions include: How do differences in language use affect how we perceive and imagine others and act towards them? How do people, from teachers to politicians, achieve things with language? Where do ideas about “inappropriateness” or “incorrectness” (ie. grammar) actually come from? Students will be introduced to methods for analyzing interactions between individuals, institutions, and mass publics. The course will thus reflect on how language is put to work differently in specific contexts, taking case studies from high school cliques, twitter publics, and urban subcultures from the US, Japan, Indonesia, Peru, and elsewhere.

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