Ethnography of a Selected Region - South Asia
- Course Code:
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2 or Year 3
- Taught in:
- Full Year
In this context, students learn about the institutions and social groupings to be found in the political, religious, domestic and economic spheres of life, as well as the values of the people and the theories which observers have put forward in analysing and explaining these societies.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the courseThe purpose of the course is to build on the first year courses, with more detailed and deeper knowledge of a single body of ethnographic material.
For single-subject students whose interests lie within a region, the course provides a focused introduction to the study of that region, which can be continued in the final year through writing a 5,000 word advanced ethnography dissertation.
For two-subject students, a major purpose of the regional ethnography is to provide a further dimension to their study of the language, history, etc of the region.
Scope and syllabus
Attention is paid to all five countries of the sub-continent, and its major religious traditions, though most readings focus on Hindu India.
- Caste and tribe,
- life-cycle rites,
- calendrical systems,
- status of women,
- village economy;
- popular visual representations e.g. art and films.
Method of assessmentThe written exam will count for 60%. 2 pieces of coursework will count for 40% (20% each) towards the final mark.
- L Caplan Class and culture in urban India: fundamentalism in a Christian community (Clarendon Press, 1987).
- V Das Critical events: an anthropological perspective on contemporary India (OUP, Delhi, 1995).
- L Dumont Homo hierarchicus (2nd ed, Chicago University Press, 1980).
- M Holmstrom Industry and inequality: the social anthropology of Indian labour (CUP, 1984).
- C Osella Social mobility in Kerala : modernity and identity in conflict (Pluto Press, 2000).
- G Raheja The poison in the gift: ritual, presentation, and the dominant caste in a north Indian village (Chicago University Press, 1988).