ANTH 328
Emotions and the Self
Last Offered Fall 2021
Division II
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

Everyone everywhere experiences emotions, and everyone everywhere is faced with the task of conceptualizing a self-hood and its place in the social world. This course analyzes a variety of recent attempts in the social sciences to come to grips with topics that have long been avoided: the nature of the interior experience and an epistemological framework for its cross-cultural comparison. Exploring the borderlands between anthropology, sociology, and psychology, we will bring the tools of ethnographic analysis to bear on central pan-human concepts: emotions and the self. By examining these phenomena as they occur in other cultures, we will be better placed to apprehend and challenge the implicit (and often unconsciously held) assumptions about emotions and the self in our own culture, both in daily life and in academic psychological theory. What are emotions? Are they things–neuro-physiological states–or ideas–sociocultural constructions? How are they to be described; compared? What is the self? How are selves constructed and constituted? How do various cultures respond to categories of emotion and self, and how can we develop a sense of the relationship between self and emotion?
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1400
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: typical for that of a tutorial
Prerequisites: none; open to first-year students with instructor's consent
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives

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