ANTHRCUL 402 - Contemporary China
Winter 2022, Section 001 - China from Below
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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The twentieth century was a time of enormous change in mainland China: two revolutions, civil war, famine, cultural upheaval, and many episodes of massive economic, social, and political restructuring.

  • What was life like in the twentieth century for farmers, urban people, men and women, and ethnic and cultural minorities?
  • What are their lives like today?
  • What were experiences of sex, food, work, religion, and family life, and how have these experiences been transformed?

In the last five years, a new anthropological literature on China has begun to probe these questions in rich detail. We explore this literature in this seminar to build an understanding of daily life for China's diverse populations through the twentieth century and today. We also examine questions of method: how best can we study and understand the historical transformations of daily life?

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Students will participate actively in class, lead a class discussion, and write one short review paper and one research paper.

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ANTHRCUL 402 - Contemporary China
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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