Courses of Study 2017-2018 
    Feb 24, 2020  
Courses of Study 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTHR 7227 - [Embodiment of Inequality: A Bioarchaeological Perspective]

(crosslissted) ARKEO 7227  
Fall. Next offered 2018-2019. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Co-meets with ANTHR 4227 /ARKEO 4227 .

M. Velasco.

Critical approaches to embodiment compel bioarchaeologists to consider how social norms and institutional inequalities are enacted and materialized through the body. This course contributes a deep archaeological perspective on the lived experience of inequality and the historically contingent nature of sexuality, gender, and violence. Drawing upon the study of human skeletons, social theory, and a rich comparative literature in cultural anthropology, we will “put flesh on the bones” and explore topics such as body modification and mutilation; masculinity and performative violence; sexuality and ‘third gender’; and sickness and suffering in past societies. We will not only consider privilege and marginalization in lived experience, but also in death, examining how unequal social relationships are reproduced when the dead body is colonized as an object of study.

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