This course investigates a number of thematic concerns in “doing” anthropology, starting historically and continuing up to the present moment. A wide range of attempted understandings of humans’ response to conceiving of and organizing themselves in the world will be considered through a series of case studies. Some part of the course’s larger undertaking will be the twin project of making "the familiar strange, and the strange ordinary." as James Clifford has stated. While allowing for and acknowledging much common ground, no strict universals among human behaviors and attitudes will be sought. Categories such as class, gender, and race will not be taken as given, but rather examined and questioned for their socially constructed nature as much as for their possible utility for analysis and understanding of the individual, of relationships to others, and of perception and comprehension of the larger world.