ANTH 222 Fall 2014 Heroes, Saints and Celebrity (W)

Cross Listed as REL273
This course examines the ways in which cultures select, ritually celebrate, institutionally harness, and ultimately devour people designated as 'extraordinary'. We will begin by considering cultural archetypes and theories of the hero and how heroism has been understood in different eras and cultural contexts. Using Weber's theory of charisma as a foundation, we will look at a number of specific case studies to evaluate the relationship between individual creativity and action and the demands of social conformity and control. Finally, we will examine how charisma is commoditized in the form of the celebrity in contemporary American culture.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two short response papers, research paper, final exam
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Anthropology and Sociology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1174
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ANTH 222 - 01 (F) SEM Heroes, Saints and Celebrity (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive David B. Edwards
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Hollander 258 1174
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