Sociocultural Anthropology

Daena Funahashi


My work brings illness alongside anthropological and philosophical concerns about death, pain, and existence. In my publications and teaching, I explore how techniques and institutional apparatuses emerge, and promise a certain hold over life. It is a promise vital in keeping capital and its system, one that demands an individual capacity to be in self-control, alive. In Untimely Sacrifices, my forthcoming book, I draw upon my ethnographic work in Finland, where rising concern over burnout, a stress disorder, raised a need for state-led techniques for self-management. Rather than...

Mariane C. Ferme

Contact OFFICE: 321 Anthropology and Art Practice Building (Formely Known As Kroeber Hall) E-MAIL: OFFICE HOURS: via zoom Wednesdays 2 - 4 PM Additional times by appointment Please email for Mariane's Office Hours Zoom ID

Nancy Scheper-Hughes

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189 001: Disability, Ethnography, and Design

Instructor: Karen Nakamura

Term: Fall 2019

Time: Tu, Th 12:30 pm – 1:59 pm

Room: 101 2251 College

This course explores disability worlds in the Bay Area through the ethnographic field methods, visual anthropology, and design anthropology. What does it mean to be disabled? How are disability organizations in the Bay Area trying to accomplish social and political change? What is the disability world? Through close participant observation and iterative design, students will work closely with...

189 002: Vulnerability, Adaptation, and Resilience: Critical Perspectives on Global Climate Change

Instructor: Sarah Vaughn and Stephen Collier

Term: Fall 2019

Time: Tu, Th 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Room: Wurster 106

Various topics covering current research theory, method; issues of social and cultural concern; culture change, conflict, and adaptation. May combine more than one subdiscipline of Anthropology.

Requirements Class Fulfills:

Meets Social & Behavioral Sciences, L&S Breadth

196: Reimagining Asia-America

Instructor: Aihwa Ong

Term: Fall 2019

Time: M 2:00pm -4 :00pm

Room: 317 Kroeber

How did we get from the "warrior woman" and "model minority" to "Southeast Asian refugees" and "crazy rich Asians"? How do the imagination, understanding and politics of Asia American and Asian-American shift over time and space? What are the political, economic, and cultural stakes in re-imaginations of what is "Asian" in contemporary times?

Selected ethnographies, novels, and films will be read as dynamic...

157: Anthropology of Law

Instructor: Laura Nader

Term: Fall 2019

Time: Tu, Th 11:00 am - 12:29 pm

Units: 4

Comparative survey of the ethnography of law; methods and concepts relevant to the comparative analysis of the forms and functions of law.

Requirements Course Fulfills

Social & Behavioral Sciences, L&S Breadth

Carceral Geographies Course Thread

Law & Humanities Course Thread