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MA/Diploma in

Social Anthropology

School of Social Sciences

Faulty of Humanities

University of Manchester




Welcome to Social Anthropology at Manchester. In the coming
year, our aim will be to give you the opportunity to
explore a
stimulating variety of ideas and approaches in our field, from the
most classical to the most contemporary, through a series of
dedicated core course units designed specifically for this

Our department, known administratively as a ‘di
scipline area’ or
DA for short, forms part of the School of Social Sciences. The
other DAs in the School are Sociology, Economics, Politics and
Philosophy. The School forms part in turn of the broader Faculty of
Humanities. This structure means that in sel
ecting your optional
courses, you can choose from over 50 course units across the

Most of your academic requirements and your day
administrative needs will be met through the staff of the Social
Anthropology. However the Graduate Office of

the School is
responsible for overall co
ordination of Masters programmes and
provides certain important services, notably at times of admission,
registration and graduation.

This Handbook provides you with key information about your
programme of study a
s well as about contacts and facilities. It
should be read in conjunction with the School Graduate Office
t Masters Student Guide for 2011
, which will be given
to you at registration. This provides information on University and
School of Social
Sciences facilities, regulations and policies.

I wish you a very enjoyable and successful academic year. If you
have any concerns about the programme or your own participation
in it, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Dr. Keir Martin, Programme Direct

2.052 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 5



General Programmes Overview……………………………….


General Administrative Information……………………………











Student Support & Guidance……………………………………


Teaching and Research Staff……………………………………


Anthropology Core Modules……………………………..


Social Anthropology Optional Modules…………………………


Pathways Overview……………………………………………….


Cities & Migration Pathway……………………………………….


Culture, ethnography and Development Pathway………………


Latin American
Studies Pathway…………………………………


Media & Performance Pathway……………………………………


Museums and Material Culture Pathway…………………………


Research Methods Pathway……………………………………….


Visual and Sensory Media Pathway………………………………





General Programmes Overview


The MA in Social Anthropology provides an intensive introduction to the
academic discipline of social anthropology. Based around a series of core course
units tha
t offer a comprehensive coverage of both contemporary and classical
approaches, it also gives students the opportunity to select a set of optional
modules from a broad range of over 50 course units offered across the
University’s highly multidisciplinary F
aculty of Humanities. In order to maximize
the coherence between the many different possible combinations, certain sets of
options have been organized into a series of ‘pathways’ related by a common
theme. But it is also possible to select sets of options

that do not conform to any
particular pathway.

Details of both the core courses and the options available through this
programme may be found in the latter part of this handbook.

Aims and Objectives

The general objective is to encourage the adoption of a critical approach to the
study of both Western and non
Western societies that challenges taken
granted modes of thought about relations between people and their
surroundings. It
is intended to br
ing students with little or no background in
social anthropology, or who have studied anthropology within a different
intellectual tradition outside the UK, to a sufficiently advanced level that they can

go on to a PhD
track research degree


the insights of the
discipline to careers outside academic life in which sensitivity to issues of cultural
and social diversity is required.

Through participation in this programme, students may expect to acquire


a critical appreciation of the changin
g theoretical frameworks in anthropology


a broad grasp of the methodological problems involved in ethnographic enquiry
and the political and ethical issues involved in studying people


an in
depth knowledge of a range of specific issues in anthropology,

relating to
the ethnography of particular regions of the world.


transferable skills in writing and analysis, computing, bibliographic researching,
oral presentation, communication, team
working and project management.


Course Structure

The MA lasts one

year full
time, two years part
time. The total credit value of the
programme is 180 credits. Of these, 120 credits are achieved by various
combinations of 15
credit and 30
credit course units (also known as ‘modules’).
Normally, course units totaling 60 c
redits will be taken in each of the two
semesters. MA students are also required to prepare a dissertation of 12
words over the summer vacation and submit this by early September. This
dissertation makes up the remaining 60 of the total 180 credits

Four of

the course units taken are compulsory core modules that are valued at
15 credits each. These provide a comprehensive introduction to the ideas,
methods and ethical positioning of social anthropology. Given that students are
required to take 2 x
15 credit core courses per semester, this means that they
have 30 credits to ‘spend’ on optional courses per semester. These can be
‘spent’ on either two further 15
credit courses or one 30
credit course.


consist of pre
selected comb
inations of course units related to a
common theme. If you follow a pathway, over the course of the two semesters,
you take at least 30 credits, and up to the full remaining 60 credits, from the
course units offered on that pathway. You would also normally

write your
dissertation on a related topic.

Students should note though that it is not compulsory to follow a pathway and all
students are awarded the same generic degree title, regardless of pathway.

should also note that many of the supplementary
courses in the pathways are
provided by other departments. This means that the approaches that they take
to the subjects in question should supplement the knowledge gained in core
anthropology modules by offering different theoretical perspectives.

ough students may have a clear idea of the pathway that they wish to follow
even before registration, they are normally expected to reach a final decision in
consultation with the programme director during the first week of the first

The followi
ng pathways are offered in 201


Cities and Migration


Culture, Ethnography and Development


Latin American Studies


Media and Performance


Museums and Material Culture


Research Methods


Visual and Sensory Media



Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the regular Social Anthropology
postgraduate seminars, which are held on Mondays at 4
6 p.m. This is an
excellent chance to see what is happening at the cutting edge of anthropology
and also to meet oth
er postgraduates and staff of Social Anthropology (not least
in the pub after the seminar). Seminar details will be emailed on a weekly basis.

Both within Social Anthropology, and across the University of Manchester, there
are many other seminar programm
es that could be of interest. The connections
that you will make if you follow a pathway is an obvious route to finding out more
about the possibilities here. One example is the inter
Faculty Latin Americanist
seminars, organised jointly by Social Anthropo
logy and Latin American Cultural
Studies. For further details see:

Diploma in Social Anthropology

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) programme is of nine months duration for full
time students and 21 months for part
time students. The aims and objectives are
similar in most respects to those of the MA programme. The key

difference is that
the Diploma does not require the writing of a dissertation. This means that certain
aspects of knowledge and understanding of social anthropology and certain
intellectual and research skills are not developed as deeply in the Diploma.

Students enrolled on a Diploma in Social Anthropology may also follow an
options pathway, but as with the MA degree, all PgD
students are awarded the
same generic degree title.

Upgrading from Diploma to MA in Social Anthropology

Any student registered for

the Diploma is entitled to 'upgrade' to MA registration
subject to achieving a mark of

on every piece of assessed work submitted
over the period of the course. For students taking the Diploma on a part
basis, upgrading is also possible on the same conditions, taking into account the
work submitted during the first and second semesters
of each part
time year.

A student’s supervisor will normally inform the board of the student’s intention to
upgrade at the postgraduate exam board held in June of the first year for full
students and June of the second year for part
time students.


Time Study

The time
scale for part
time study is twice that for the full
time course, so the MA
programme lasts for two years on a part
time basis starting and ending in
September. The Diploma lasts from September in the first year to June of the
second year.

The a
ctual distribution of the units over the two years and within each year can
be varied to some extent to suit individual circumstances. Normally, however,
four course units are taken per year, although it is possible to take five in one
year. The dissertati
on is usually written during the course of the second year and
submitted in early September at the end of that year. Any arrangement is subject
to approval by the Programme Director

and t
he student’s supervisor.

time students who are in regular emplo
yment are required to obtain a letter
from their employer to certify that they will be released from their duties for
sufficient time to allow them to pursue their studies. Depending on the precise
sequence in which a part
time student takes his/her cours
es, the number of
weekly contact hours per semester varies from 3 to 6 hours/week. The number of
days per week that involve attendance at the University is also variable,
according to the precise timetabling of each course unit that year. In some
, it may be necessary to attend three days a week, but normally two
days, sometimes even one, will suffice.

Potential students should note that the part
time programme still involves a great
deal of reading and preparation work outside contact hours. Stu
dents also see
their supervisors on a regular basis, normally once a month for part
students. It is also strongly recommended that, in addition to course attendance,
students make time in their schedules to attend the research seminars in Social


General Administrative Information

Semester Dates: 2010

First Semester

Start Date

End Date

Induction Week


September 201


September 201



September 201


October 201

Reading Week





November 201



November 201


December 201

Christmas Vacation


December 201


January 201

First Semester Essay


January 201


January 201

Second Semester

Start Date

End Date







Easter Vacation












May 201

Second Semester Essay
Submissions and official
end of Semester


May 201


June 201


Attendance Requirements

Students are required to attend all lectures, appropriate seminars and
supervision meetings unless they are ill or inform
Vickie Roche

in the
Postgraduate Support Office.

Administrative Staff

MA Social Anthropology
Programme Director

Dr Keir Martin,
room 2.0

, tel. 5

(0161 275
), email


Vickie Roche
, Postgraduate Office, room 2.003, 2

Floor, tel. 53999 (0161 275
3999), email

Programme Co

Professor Paul Henley, room 2.061, tel. 54002 (0161 275 4002), email

Progammes Director

Professor Peter Wade, room 2.062, tel. 53991 (0161 275 3991), email

Head of Social Anthropology

Professor Jeanette Edwards, room 2.051, tel. 53997 (0161 275 3997)
, email

Teaching Staff

Depending on the particular mix of options that you select, you will come into
contact with many different members of teaching staff both with
in Social
Anthropology and beyond. You will also have a personal tutor, also known as a
‘supervisor’ whose role will be to co
ordinate your studies. A listing of members
of staff in Social Anthropology, giving details of their areas of specialist academic
interest, can be found on p

of this handbook.

Staff will communicate with you via email to your
University email address,

which you will be able to activate on
line before you come to the university. Many
people have other email addresses (hotmail, yahoo, etc.), but it is vital that you
consult your University email inbox regularly to check for communications from
teachers a
nd administrators.



Computer, word
processing and e
mail facilities

There are two computer clusters available to postgraduates on the ground floor
of the Arthur Lewis Building. Access to these clusters is by University swipe card.
There is also a Resource Room on the ground floor, around the corner from the
stairs. This is

a quiet study area and does not have computers, though it does
have Wi Fi.

Accessing Course Material Via Blackboard

Blackboard is the University eLearning delivery system. You can view

for any course units that have an online space.


addition, you can
communicate and collaborate with course Lecturers or other students using
discussions, chat or email.You can log through your student portal at:




John Rylands University Library Manchester (JRULM) is the main resource for
postgraduate students. See

John French

is the Librarian for Humanities with special responsibility for social
science and can be contacted on 0161 275

or at

You will receive an induction to the JRULM
when yo
u begin your programme, however you can also contact

for any
additional help and advice.

JRULM is among the finest libraries in the world, and combines a sense of
tradition with the best information systems to provide an extensive range of
services a
nd resources to actual and virtual visitors. The JRULM is a member of
CALIM, the Consortium of Academic Libraries in Manchester, which enables you
to use the libraries of all the other participating universities in Manchester. When
you register you will r
eceive a library card which will allow you to access the
library, borrow books and use the online information resources.

JRULM’s resources are catalogued and can be searched for on the www, please
see the address above. It also offers an Inter
loans service which can be
used to obtain books or articles which are not available from one of the
University’s libraries. This service is charged per item and its effectiveness
depends on the completeness of the information you supply in your request fo


Film Library

of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology houses an
unrivalled collection of ethnographic films. It is located on the Ground Floor of the
Arthur Lewis Building (G.020). The library is financed partially through subscriptions,
ich currently stand at £15 per semester or £25 for the full academic year. Opening
times are available on the website and the library door.
; email:




Every student receives
personal supervision from a member of staff in Social
Anthropology, and is expected to meet with this supervisor roughly every two
weeks during the two 12
week semesters. This represents a total of 12 meetings
over the two semesters. Supervisors may see st
udents individually and/or in
small groups, as appropriate. Supervisions usually last an hour, but may last
more or less time depending on the numbers participating. Supervisors advise
students on all aspects of their academic work, help them to organize t
heir work
schedules and to prepare their assessments.

Supervisors will set written work, or “supervised writing” assignments. These are
intended to help you improve your study and writing skills. Feedback will be given
on these essays, but they do not cou
nt towards any formal assessment. Work
undertaken as part of the supervised writing may also lay the basis for work done
for final assessments, though supervised writing assignments are not intended to
act merely as first drafts of assessment essays. Stude
nts should note that
supervisors can advise students on the content and structure of assessment
essays, but cannot read actual drafts of such essays.

For advice on the dissertation, students can expect to meet their supervisors a
minimum of 3 times betwe
en the end of coursework (normally early May) and the
end of June. This is in addition to the 12 meetings mentioned above. They can
also expect to receive feedback on one full draft of the dissertation. However,
students should be aware that staff are freq
uently away doing research over the
summer vacation period

when the bulk of the work on the dissertation is done

and may not be easily available for regular consultation during this time.

Students will be allocated a supervisor at the start of the fi
rst semester. At the
end of the first semester, full
time students submit their proposed dissertation
topic titles to the programme director who

then be able to re
supervisors for the second semester so as to ensure a closer fit between the
udents’ dissertation topics and the available supervisors’ research interests. In
the case of part
time MA students, the allocation of the dissertation supervisor
may take place in the second semester of the second year. Part
time and full
time Diploma st
udents who plan to upgrade to the MA will also be allocated
dissertation supervisors

whose interests are as close as possible to their own.



All MA students are required to submit a dissertation of 12
15,000 words. This
may not be submitted
earlier than the date of completion of the prescribed period
of attendance (i.e. 12 months, for full
time students, 24 months for part
students). Most dissertations are written over the course of the summer vacation
and submitted for assessment in ear
ly September.

A dissertation involves a higher level of independent work than coursework
assignments. In coursework, you are asked to engage with a specified task set
out by your lecturer, supervisor or an examiner (e.g. in the form of an essay
. In contrast, you develop and delimit the objective of your dissertation
on your own, albeit in consultation with your supervisor.

You should start to think about your dissertation topic by the end of January for
time students; probably around the
beginning of your second year for part
timers. Some students already have a particular topic in mind when they embark
on the programme. Others choose to follow up a topic they have come across
during the coursework. If you are following a pathway, you are
expected to work
within the topical area of that pathway.

MA dissertations do not usually involve first
hand fieldwork. Some students have
successfully done some fieldwork in the past, but the time available is very
limited and if you do decide, with your

supervisor’s approval, to carry out
fieldwork, this is likely to form only a part of the final dissertation and to be a
supplement to library
based research. If you are going to do fieldwork involving
living human subjects, then you will need to get ethic
al clearance from the
University Ethics Committee.

There is no strict formula as to the overall structure of dissertations as this will
depend to some extent on the nature of the topic being tackled. A conventional
structure would be as follows:


(max. 1 page) table of contents

introduction to the topic and the surrounding themes, including references
to existing literature. If fieldwork was carried out, some discussion of
methods would also be appropriate at this point.

main body of the
dissertation, involving more detailed and original
discussion and analysis of the topic, accompanied by the presentation of
relevant data


bibliographic references

appendices, if appropriate.


Administrative arrangements for dissertations

proposed title of the dissertation should be entered onto a form which will be
sent to you around the end of March and which must be signed by your
supervisor indicating her/his approval. This must normally be done by
If you intend to do research
involving living human subjects, you will also have to
submit an application for clearance by the University Ethics Committee. You will
also be sent a Notice of Submission form (for use when you hand in the final
dissertation), with some information about
the format of the dissertation.

Two copies

of the dissertation must be submitted to The Postgraduate Office,
Room 2.003 in the Arthur Lewis Building. These copies can be hard

or soft
bound but must conform to the School of Social Sciences guidelines.

he deadline for submission is


September 2012

(This date is for
time students and 2

year part
time students only). First
year part
students will be expected to submit in September 2012.

Submissions after the deadline can only be authorized by the Programme
Director and these authorizations will only be given in extraordinary

Dissertation Presentation Guidance

The maximum and minimum word
limits are

, but



Further guidelines on the presentation of dissertations, including binding
requirements are available on the intranet at:



Summary of deadlines for submission, turnaround and feedback

Submission of all 1

semester essays

Comments and provisional marks back to students



Within 3 weeks

Submission of 2

semester essays

Comments and final marks back to students


May 2012

After School exam board in
late June 2011

Submission of dissertation



Assessed essays

Postgraduate course work in Social Anthropology is mostly assessed by means
of essays, though some of the optional modules available on this programme use
project work, presentations and other media in addition to or instead of essays.

Essays are normall
y of a maximum of 4,000 words and may be on any aspect of
the course, subject to the approval of the title by both the student's supervisor
and the course
giver. Whatever the word limit, it should be respected. There is
generally no formal minimum word lim
it (except in the dissertation), but students
should consider whether essays that fall substantially below the maximum have
adequately covered the topic. All word limits are

, but



At postgraduate level, it is assumed that students know the basics of how to write
essays, but it is important that students make sure that they conform to standard
academic principles. This entails the proper use of English grammar and spelling
and, abo
ve all, citing and referencing other work appropriately There are different
ways of doing this and social scientists tend to use different styles from those
used by historians. The overriding principle is to make sure that when you use
another person’s wor
k you a) acknowledge the source and b) list the full details
of that source.

You can consult a social science journal or book for an appropriate model. If in
any doubt you should talk to your supervisor. See also the guidelines on
Plagiarism in the Postg
raduate School Handbook.


Submission procedures and deadline extensions


should be handed in to Postgraduate Support Office
on the 2

floor of
the Arthur Lewis Building
Please note

students are advised to keep copies
of all work submitted as
assessment materials will not be returned.

Students should
the maximum word limits

when submitting assessed
work. Failure to observe these word limits will usually be penalized.

Students should note that
deadlines are taken very seriously

and that late
submissions without authorization will incur
a penalty of 5% for every working
day late
If submission is liable to be delayed for reasons beyond the student's
control, such as illness or other personal difficulties, the student should conta
the Programme Director requesting deferral, and complete an extension request

(complete electronically and email directly to the Programme Director)

which is available at the following link:

Although students should advise course
givers that their submission might be
delayed, they should note that

only the Programme Director has the power to
grant an extension

hilst all reasonable requests will be considered, students
should be aware that these extensions are not given lightly, and will only
normally be allowed if supported by documentary evidence. Illness must be
documented by written evidence from a doctor.

A letter from a qualified
counsellor is usually needed in cases of psychological problems such as anxiety
or depression
. This evidence will generally only be taken in account if it is
the deadline.

Problems with computers will not usual
ly be considered a sufficient reason
for an extension
. Students should take care to keep adequate back
up copies of
their work. Hard
disk crashes and modem melt
downs are not usually good
reasons for an extension as all students have good access to computi
ng facilities
on campus. As a registered student on the University network, you will have
access to file space on the P: drive of the Faculty Server and you can keep
copies of files there as well as on floppy disks / pen drives.



All assessed materials are normally marked by the course
giver and then a
sample of these materials is monitored by a second Internal Examiner. There is
also an External Examiner whose role is to ensure that academic standards are
maintained. In the case o
f serious disagreement between Internal Examiners, the
External Examiner is asked to adjudicate and her/his verdict is final.

Work that is considered to be of distinction quality is awarded a mark of 70 or
more, though a mark in excess of 80 is very rare
. Work that is considered of high
standard, though not exceptional, is awarded a mark between 65 and 70. Work
regarded as being of an acceptable standard is awarded a mark between 60 and
65. When work is awarded a mark below 60, this is an indication that
there is
room for improvement. When work is awarded a mark below 50, this suggests
that the student concerned is in danger of failing the degree as a whole and
serious steps need to be taken to address the problem.


There are severe penalties
for plagiarism and the University is putting in place a
series of measures to combat it in all forms.

Further details are available in the School Postgraduate Taught Student


Students will receive feedback on practice essays from the
ir supervisor.
Feedback on oral presentations that form part of some of the course
units will
also be given, usually by the course

Students will also get written feedback on their assessed work. Students can
normally expect to get written feedback and

marks on their essays
within 3 weeks of the normal submission deadline. Students who submit after the
normal deadline, even

with an authorised extension, may have to wait longer for
marks and comments.

Feedback for assessed work is
written on the essays

as these are not
returned. A separate feedback sheet is completed by the first marker, who is
usually the course

This will be made available to students via their on
student centre self
service page on the Student System.

Marks for both semesters’ work are not finally confirmed until after both the
Social Anthropology and the School Examination Boards have met

(usually in the
final week of June).


Please see the Postgraduate Taught Student Handbook

for further details
about marking procedures.

Student Support and Guidance

Student Representation

Postgraduate students taking the Diploma and MA elect a
representative to sit on
the School Board where student concerns can be aired. There is also a Staff
Student Committee consisting of all Diploma and MA students and the
programme Director. Other members of staff may be asked to participate where
this is
appropriate. This Committee normally meets once a semester and
provides a more informal and collective forum for discussion of student concerns.

Withdrawal from the course

In the event that a student feels they need to withdraw from the course they
uld speak to the Programme Director in the first instance. If, after
consultation, the student still needs to withdraw, a withdrawal form must be
completed (this can be done electronically). The form is available at the school
intranet at the following li

Assistance in Case of Hardship

The University administers a special Hardship Fund, which is drawn from the
cess Funds established by the Government for student support. Assistance
from this fund may be given in cases of severe financial difficulty: for example
where students have major financial commitments towards dependants, are
suffering adverse family circu
mstances affecting their income, or need special
help because of disability. Application forms are available from the Student
Services Centre. Strict eligibility criteria apply.

The Max Gluckman Fund

Grants from this fund, administered by Social
Anthropology, are available to
assist postgraduate students with book purchases, conference costs, the typing
and binding of theses, etc. There is no separate application form. It should be
emphasised that grants from this fund are small, and rarely exce
ed £50. This

grant is administered by the Head of Social Anthropology, Jeanette Edwards.
Students will be contacted by email regarding the deadline and the procedure for

Links to More Student Support

You can find many useful links to support ser
vices via the
Crucial Guide

and also the School Taught


Teaching and Research Staff

Further information about staff, including their publications and current
research projects, is available on Staff web pages.

Key staff for the
MA in Social Anthropology

Dr Keir Martin

PhD Manchester 2006)

Lecturer in Social Anthropology,
Programme Director, MA in Social Anthropology

2.052 Arthur Lewis Building Ext 5
3986, Email

Regional specialisation in Melanesia. Topical interests include morality and
values in contexts of social change and neo
liberalisation, globalisation,
processes of increased integration into a global cash economy, exchange,
political eco

Professor Paul Henley

(PhD Cambridge 1979)

Director, Granada Centre for
Visual Anthropology
Programme Co
ordinator, MA in Social Anthropology

2.061 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 5
3988, email

specialisation in South America, fieldwork among Amerindian and Black
communities in Venezuela; topical interests include history, practice and ethics of
ethnographic film
making; history and culture of the indigenous peoples of
Amazonia; performance and popular culture in the Hispanic Caribbean.

Professor Peter Wade (
PhD Cambridge 1985)

Professor of Social
Postgraduate Programmes Director

2.062 Arthur Lewis Building. Ext 5
3991, email

Regional specialisation in Latin America, specifically Colombia and other Latin
American countries with Black populations, fieldwork among Blacks in Colombia;
topical interests include ethnicity, race and racism, black culture and identity,
urban anthropol
ogy, race and genomics.

Professor Jeanette Edwards
(PhD Manchester 1990

Professor of Social
. Head of Discipline Area.

2.051 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 5
3997, email:

Regional specialisation in Britain, fieldwork in northern England, including work
with voluntary organisations, community health and social service providers;
topical interests include the relationship between language, so
cial class and
identity, social implications of new reproductive technologies, kinship and
expertise, public understanding of science.


Other members of Social Anthropology Staff.

Dr Rupert Cox
(PhD Edinburgh 1998)

Lecturer in Visual Anthropology


Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 5
0570, email:

Regional specialisations: Asceticism and the traditional arts in Japan. The visual
history of mutual perceptions of Japan and Europe followi
ng the first contacts in
the sixteenth century. History and culture of Orientalist automata; theoretical
specialisations: Visual History of Anthropology, History and Memory, Museums
and heritage displays.

Dr Gillian Evans

PhD Brunel 2002)

RCUK Research


CRESC, Waterloo Place, email

Regional specialisation: UK and Europe Topical interests include anthropology
and education, child development, kinship, community an
d urban history; the
politics of place, social class, gender, race and culture

Dr Ian Fairweather

PhD Manchester 2002)


2.067 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 5
3996, email

Regional specialisation in Namibia; topical
interests include museums, heritage,
postcolonialism, religion.

Professor John Gledhill
B.Litt, Oxford 1973)

Max Gluckman Professor of
Social Anthropology.
On research leave until 2013


Regional specialisation in Mexico and Central America; topical interests include
rural poverty, agrarian change and international migration, comparative political
systems, social movements and the politics of human and indigenous rights,

historical anthropology.

Professor Nina Glick
(PhD Columbia 1975)

Director, Research
Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures.

2.049 Arthur Lewis Building Ext 5
7106, email

Regional specialisation in USA, the transnational Caribbean, Haiti and Germany.
Topical interests include transnational processes and globalisation; the migration
process in comparative perspective; long distance nationalism; eth
nicity, identity;
and racialisation; globalisation, theories and methods of transnational studies;
medical anthropology/sociology; social theory, ethnographic research methods.


Professor Maia Green
PhD London School of Economics 1993)

Professor of
ial Anthropology.

2.053 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 5
3995, email

(Professor of Social Anthropology, regional specialisation in East Africa (Kenya
and Tanzania), fieldwork among

Pogoro Catholics, Southern Tanzania; topical
interests include the anthropology of religion, political participation and anti
witchcraft movements. Professional expertise in social development addresses
poverty, gender, participation, local government, c
ivil society, education and

Professor Sarah Green
(PhD Cambridge 1992)

Professor of Social
On research leave 2010

2.054 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 5
3989, email

regional specialisation in Britain
and Greece, fieldwork in London and Epirus
(northwestern Greece); topical interests include personhood and identity, gender
and sexuality, land use, social memory and concepts of the environment.

Professor Penelope Harvey

(PhD London School of Economics 1

Professor of Social Anthropology.
On research leave.

2.055 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 5
0572, email

Regional specialisation in South America and Europe, fieldwork in Peruv
Andes and Spain; topical interests include language, politics, gender, history,
visual anthropology, anthropology of technology.

Dr Andrew Irving
(PhD School of Oriental and African Studies, London 1999)

RCUK Research Fellow.

2.058 Arthur Lewis Buil
ding Ext 5
3990, email:

Regional specialisation: Kampala, Uganda and New York, USA. Topical focus on
experiences of illness, death and dying (especially from HIV/AIDS),

in relation to
the aesthetic appreciation of time, existence, and otherness; also
phenomenology, art, performance and creativity, time, comparisons of
personhood, religious change, gender and urban experiences.

Dr Stef Jansen

PhD Hull 2000)

Senior Le
cturer in Social Anthropology

2.056 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext. 5
3993, email

Regional specialisation in post
Yugoslav and other post
communist states;
topical interests include dis
placement, experiences of 'home', identity,
nationalism, resistance and memory, war, violence and ethnic cleansing,


Dr Petra Tjitske Kalshoven

PhD McGill 2006)

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

2.065 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 5
3488, email:

Fieldwork in England, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium among
historical re
enactors, gamers, and miniature
makers. Topical interests include

practices of play and imitation; social productions of knowledge; material culture
and human
thing relationships, in particular miniatures (tin figurines) and
dioramas as special forms of human representation; museum anthropology;
conceptions of indigenei
ty; identity play, rhetoric, and cultural appropriation;
anthropology of landscape and art; anthropology of the senses.

Dr Adi Kuntsman

PhD Lancaster 2007)


Leverhulme Research Fellow,


2.007 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 6

Regional specialisation: Israel/Palestine, post
Soviet Diaspora, Russian
immigrants. Interests include: anthropology of migration and Diaspora;
nationalism and colon
ialism; gender, sexuality and race; Internet cultures; war,
conflict and new media; cultural politics of emotions.

Mr Andrew Lawrence

MA in Visual Anthropology 1997)

Teaching Fellow and
Maker in Residence, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology.

2B29 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 6
6911, email

Independent film
maker, making drama and documentary films for BBC and
Channel 4.

Professor Sharon Macdonald

DPhil Oxford 1987)

Professor of Social

2.058 Arthur Lewis Building. Ext 5
3990, email:

Culture, collective identities and representation; especially in relation to natio
regional and super
national (especially European) identities, museums, histories
and science; ‘history work’ in relation to the Nazi past in Germany.

Dr Michelle Obeid

PhD London School of Economics 2006)

Research Fellow
at the Centre for Advance
d Studies of the Arab World

2.007 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 6
6934, Email

Regional specialisation in Middle East and Middle Eastern Diaspora populations.
Topical inte
rests include kinship in relation to social, economic and political
change; idioms of closeness in marriages, households and lineages; border
zones; gender and development; migration and Diaspora.

Dr Madeleine Reeves

University of Cambridge 2008)

Fellow at the
Centre for Research on Socio
Cultural Change

CRESC, 178 Waterloo Place, Email

Regional specialisation in Central Asia. Topical interests include the

anthropology of the state; migration and transnationalism; everyday ethnicity and
its relation to official nationalisms, and experiences of borderland militarisation.

Dr Anthony Simpson

PhD Manchester 1996)

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Lewis Building
, Ext 5
, email


Regional specialisation Central and Southern Africa;
topical interests include
identity, education, Christianity, missionaries, religious conversion, medical
anthropology, HIV/AIDS, death, masculinities, childhood.

Dr. Katherine Smith
(PhD Wales 2009)

Temporary Lecturer in Social

Arthur Lewi
s Building 2.064, Ext 5

Regional specialisation Britain (particularly the north of England); topical interests
include fairness and equality, political correc
tness, social class, (neo
nationalisms, ethnicity and critical race theory, dominant discourse, belonging
and the anthropology of humour.

Professor Karen Sykes (
PhD Princeton 1995)

Professor of Social

2.057 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 5
992, email

Regional specialisation Oceania (especially Melanesia); topical interests include
cultural anthropology, practice theory, epistemology, violence, kinship and
exchange, education and socialisation, national culture, p
ublic anthropology.

Dr Angela Torresan

PhD Manchester 2004)

Lecturer in Visual Anthropology

2.059 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 5
2518, email

Regional specializati
on: Brazil, Portugal. Topical interests include visual
anthropology, migration, transnationalism, ethnic identities, art and identity,
territoriality, indigenous identity and cultural “traditions”.


Dr Soumhya Venkatesan

PhD Cambridge 2002)

in Social

2.063 Arthur Lewis Building, Ext 5


Regional specialisation in South Asia, especially India. Topical interests include
and craft production; weaving; the agency of objects; development and Islam.

Professor Richard Werbner (
PhD Manchester 1968)

Professor Emeritus of
African Anthropology

2B27 Arthur Lewis Building, Email:

Regional specialisation in South
Central Africa, fieldwork among the Kalanga
(Zimbabwe and Botswana) and Tswapong (Botswana); topical interests include
ritual, personal and historical narrative, politics, law, regional analy

Mr Leslie Woodhead


Honorary Lecturer in Visual Anthropology and Honorary
Companion of the University of Manchester

Although perhaps best known for his many documentary works (including 11 for
the now
discontinued classic series “Disappearing Worl
d”), he has also made a
number of high profile political drama
documentaries, as well as “Endurance”, a
Hollywood feature about an Ethiopian Olympic gold medal winner.


Social Anthropology Core Modules

This section describes the courses
offered within the Social Anthropology
Discipline Area. It is subdivided into the core modules that are compulsory parts
of the programme and optional modules that may be taken on a free
basis, or as part of a pathway. The pathways, which involve
modules drawn from
other Discipline Areas are described in the following section of this Handbook.

Please note
: all courses offered by Social Anthropology are worth 15
credits unless otherwise stated.


SOAN70811 Key Approaches in Social Anthropology

Karen Sykes

SOAN70691 MA Ethnography Reading Seminar

Petra Kalshoven


SOAN70641 Issues in Ethnographic Research 1


Maia Green

In the first semester, all MA and PgD students will normally be required

Approaches in Social Anthropology
MA Ethnography Reading Seminar
Only those who wish to follow the Research Methods pathway may substitute,
with the Progamme Director’s approval,
Issues in Ethnographic Research 1

MA Ethnography Reading



SOAN70822 Contemporary Debates in Social Anthropology



SOAN70452 Images Texts Fieldwork


Paul Henley and Angela Torresan OR

SOAN70652 Issues in Ethnographic Research 2


Tony Simpson

In the second semester, ALL

students are required to take
Debates in Social Anthropology

but they may then choose whether to take
Images Texts Fieldwork

Issues in Ethnographic Research 2


Social Anthropology Core Modules, First Semester

SOAN70811 Key Approaches i
n Social Anthropology


Karen Sykes



Time & Place
: Mondays 11:00
Coupland 3 LG14


word essay


This course aims to give students a broad and advanced grounding in the major
theoretical approaches in
social anthropology and at the same time place social
anthropology as a discipline and a practice in its intellectual and social context.
The aim is to enable you to see what anthropology is, what it has tried to achieve
and how it has developed, and thus
to enable you to proceed to further, more
specialised study in anthropology.


The specific objectives of the module are that, on completion of it, you should
have an advanced grasp of :

(1) the frameworks anthropologists have used to explain hum
an cultural diversity

(2) why these frameworks emerged when they did and their strengths and

(3) how anthropology has grown and changed in an interactive, if unequal,
encounter with its 'objects' of study

(4) the challenges facing anthropology t

Course Information

The students enrolled on this programme usually come from diverse academic
backgrounds, so the content and form of this module may be adjusted to meet
the particular needs of this year’s group.

Preliminary reading

Please note
the books by Barnard and by Layton listed below are particularly
useful and have individual chapters on most of the topics covered in this course.

Barnard, Alan. 2000. History and theory in anthropology. Cambridge University


Social Anthropology
Core Modules, First Semester (cont.)

Barth, Fredrik, et al. 2005. One Discipline, Four Ways. University of Chicago
Press. [Historical overview of the British, German, French and American
traditions of anthropology]

Coser, Lewis. 1977. Masters of sociolog
ical thought. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
[This gives outlines of individual social theorists and their work.]

Craib, Ian. 1992. Modern social theory: from Parsons to Habermas. Harvester

Layton, Robert. 1997. An Introduction to theory in anthro

Cambridge University Press

For those new to anthropology, there are various introductions and reference
books that may be useful:

Carrithers, Michael. 1992. Why humans have culture: explaining social
anthropology and diversity. Oxford University


Cheater, Angela. 1986. Social anthropology: an alternative introduction. Gweru:
Mambo Press.

Eriksen, T.H.. 1995. Small places, large issues: an introduction to social and
cultural anthropology. Pluto Press

Keesing, Roger and Andrew Strathern. 1998
. Cultural anthropology (3rd edition).
[A comprehensive textbook. ]

Kuper, Adam. 1996. Anthropology and anthropologists: the modern British school
(3rd edition). Routledge. [History of British anthropology focused on
individual anthropologists.].

Lewis, I.
M.. 1985. Social anthropology in perspective. Cambridge University

SOAN70691 MA Ethnography Reading Semin

Dr Petra

: Lectures

Time & Place
: Fridays 10:00
Simon 4.50

: 4000
word essay


The point of this

course is to allow students a forum in which ethnographic
monographs are read, discussed and analyzed in depth. Each student will be

Social Anthropology Core Modules, First Semester (cont.)

expected to read books over the course of the course. These wi
ll be read in
advance of the seminar. To give the course a framework, the texts are all broadly
linked by an underlying interest in political issues, questions of location and
questions of identity, but they all deal with these issues in different ways. Ea
student will make at least one presentation over the course of the series.
Students will also be expected to lead discussions of other texts in weeks during
which they are not presenting.


Students will be able to build upon their learning an
d knowledge of these
ethnographies in their other work done during the course of the MA or Diploma.
The essay for this course will encourage students to analyse particular
ethnographies and demonstrate their understanding of the relationship between
raphic writing and some of the current key debates within anthropology.

Preliminary Reading

There are many, many books and articles which debate what ethnography ‘is’
and critically assessing both the relationship between anthropology and
ethnography, as well as the relationship between these and the cultural, political

and economic conditions o
f ‘modernity,’ ‘postmodernity’ and the ‘west’. A few of
these references are included below, but students are encouraged to look for
their own, both in the library and from other courses attended.

Atkinson, P. 1990. The Ethnographic Imagination: textual
constructions of reality.
London: Routledge.

Clifford, J. 1983. On Ethnographic Authority. Representations 1:2, 118

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland. 2001. Small places, large issues: an introduction to
social and cultural anthropology. London: Pluto Press.

abian, J. 1983. Time and the other: how anthropology makes its object. New
York; Chichester: Columbia University Press.

Gregory, C. A. 1997. Savage money: the anthropology and politics of commodity
exchange. Amsterdam; London: Harwood Academic Publishers.

Gupta, Akhil & James Ferguson (eds) 1999.
Culture, Power, Place: Explorations
in Critical Anthropology. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Herzfeld, Michael. 2004. The body impolitic: artisans and artifice in the global
hierarchy of value. Chicago; Londo
n: University of Chicago Press.

Kuper, A. 1988. The Invention of Primitive Society: Transformations of an
Illusion. New York: Routledge.


Social Anthropology Core Modules, First Semester (cont.)

Leonardo, Micaela di (ed.) 1991. Gender at the Crossroads
of Knowledge:
Feminist Anthropology in the Postmodern Era. Berkeley, CA: University of
California Press.

Marcus, G.E. & M.M. Fischer. 1986. Anthropology as Cultural Critique. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press.

SOAN70641 Issues in Ethnographic Researc
h 1

Professor Maia

* normally a core course only for Research Methods pathway students

: Lectures

Time and Place
: T
hursdays, 12:00


: 4000
word essay


This is the first module in a two
part course providing a practical introduction to
key issues in the practice of ethnographic research. This first part aims to provide

a forum for critical reflection on the practice and the writing of
ethnography and i
ts place in anthropology today

designing problem focused research using ethnography

Ethnographic Research 2 in the second semester will focus on practical research
skills for ethnography. Taken together these two modules equip students with the
skills the
y need to produce a research proposal for ethnographic fieldwork.


At the end of
Issues in Ethnographic Research 1
, you will be able to produce a
synopsis of an anthropological research problem, specify the kinds of methods
you will need to use
to address it and understand the ethical issues which the
research raises for both researcher and informants.

Course Content

This is not a methods course but a forum for discussing what most
anthropologists would see as a core aspect of their disciplinar
y identity:
ethnography. It focuses on a particular set of contemporary debates on doing
and writing ethnography, including the difficult questions as to where the line
between the two lies. Although there are handbooks detailing research methods
for ethno
graphic studies, it is very hard to sum up and transfer such qualitative


Social Anthropology Core Modules, First Semester (cont.)

techniques in the same way as one could teach, say, survey methods, since the
nature of the techniques and the way in which they are the deployed are so
dependent. The conglomerate of activities involved in doing ethnography
is a complicated, somet
imes contradictory and always messy but the expected
result is the writing of a coherent text.

The questions that we address in this module converge largely on the process
that leads from the first to the second. This means developing an awareness of
licit assumptions, power relations, practical short
cuts, representational
mechanisms, ethics and a range of other issues. By the end of the module,
students will be able to produce a synopsis of an anthropological research
problem, specify the methods tha
t they will use to address it and understand the
ethical issues that the research raises for both researcher and informants.

Preliminary reading

Agar M.H. 1980. The professional stranger: an informal introduction to
ethnography. Academic Press.

Behar R.
& Gordon D.A. eds., 1995. Women writing culture. California University

Clifford J. & Marcus G.E. 1986. (eds) Writing Culture: the poetics and politics of
ethnography. California University Press.



Social Anthropology Core Modules, Second Semester

SOAN70822 Contemporary Debates in Social

Katherine Smith


based around discussion of key readings and debate.

Students will be expected to prepare for and engage in s
et debates in class.

Time & Place:
Tuesdays 9
Coupland 3 LG14

word essay

he objective of this course will be to give students an opportunity to think in
depth about a broad range of problems relating to the acquisition, production,
communication and uses of anthropological knowledge as well as its substantive
content and relevance to the world in which we now live. Students will engage
with contemporary debates concerning anthropological description and its
political, historical, phi
losophical precedents and implications, and its emergence
through particular relations and particular discourses. We will explore issues
about the power relations embedded in institutionalized knowledge production,
and discuss anthropological ideas about h
ow they might be subverted.

Throughout the course there will be consideration of the implications of
theoretical perspectives and ethico
political concerns for the practice of social
and cultural anthropology. On completion of the course, students will be

equipped to discuss issues about the intellectual, social and political significance
of anthropology in the contemporary world, and be familiar with the different
positions adopted in relevant debates. They will also be familiar with a range of
ent work that has sought to extend the boundaries of anthropology into new
areas of research and achieve new kinds of critical understandings of society,
culture, power relations, identity and imagination

Preliminary Readings

Bhabha, H.K.1994.
The Locati
on of Culture
. Cambridge University Press.

Carrier, J. 1992. Occidentalism: The world turned upside down,
. 19/2: 195
212. (Blackboard)

Marcus, George E and Michael M J Fischer. 1999.
Anthropology As Cultural
Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences.
2nd edn.
y of Chicago Press.


Social Anthropology Core Modules, Second Semester

Gilbert, B.1997.
Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, and Polit
London: Verso.

Said, E. 1978.
. London: Penguin

Spivak, G. 1988. Can the subaltern speak? In C. Nelson and L. Grossberg, eds.,
Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture
, p
p. 271
313. Houndsmill:

Stocking, G. 2001.
Delimiting An
thropology: Occasional Inquiries and
. University of Wisconsin Press.

Rabinow, Paul. 1986. Representations are social facts: Modernity and post
modernity in anthropology. In Jame
s Clifford and George E Marcus, eds.,
Writing Culture: The Poetics
and Politics of Ethnography
, p
p. 234

Berkeley: U
niversity of California Press,

SOAN70452 Images Texts Fieldwork


Professor Paul Henley and
Dr Angela Torresan

: Lectures, film screenings, discussion sessions, field projects and
student pres

Time & Place:

Wednesdays 10:00
Hanson Room, Humanities Bridgeford

t: 4000
word essay.


To take students through the various stages of an anthropological research

from conceptualization, through implementation to pr
comparing and contrasting visual and textual media as a means of realizing such
a project. Examples will be drawn from research carried out under the general
rubric of urban anthropology. As part of the course, students will engage in small
eldwork experience' projects in groups of 3
4. However the emphasis of the
course will be on examining the process of research rather than on results.


On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

make critical evaluations of
particluar ethnographic representations, both
textual and visual

place given ideas about visual and textual ethnographic representation in
the context of a range of theoretical approaches in social anthropology


Social Anthropology Core Modules, Second

Students will also gain first
hand experience of fieldwork and of presenting the
results to their peers and lecturers.

Course Content

Lecturers will present a series of ideas about the formulation of anthropological
fieldwork projects
in urban settings, drawing largely on their own research and
comparing and contrasting audiovisual and textual media as means both of
carrying out this research and presenting it afterwards. Students will then be
expected to test out some of these ideas in

the course of small 'fieldwork
experience' projects around the city of Manchester. They will then be required to
present the results to the lecturers and their peers in an all
day session towards
the end of the semester.

Preliminary reading

Banks, Marcus

(2001) Visual Methods in Social Research.

Burawoy, Michael (1991) Ethnography Unbound: Power and Resistance in the
Modern Metropolis. University of California Press.

Lobban, Carolyn, ed., (2003) Ethics and the Profession of Anthropology,
2nd edn.
AltaMira Press.

Glick Schiller, Nina, Ayse Çaglar and Thaddeus C. Guldbrandsen (2006) Beyond

the ethnic lens: locality, globality, and born
again incorporation. In American
Ethnologist 33(4):612

Kondo, D. 1990 'The Eye/I', in Crafting Selves. Chicago
: University of Chicago

Legates, R.T. and F. Stout, eds., 2000, The City Reader. Routledge. Particularly
the essays by Mumford, Lynch, David, Le Corbusier, Zukin.

Low, Setha M. (1996) The anthropology of cities: imagining and theorizing the
city. A
nnual Review of Anthropology 25: 383

Peck, Jamie & Kevin Ward, eds.
(2002) City of Revolution: restructuring
Manchester. University of Manchester Press.

Pink, Sarah (2001) Doing Visual Ethnography. Sage.

Torresan, Angela. 2007. How privileged are they? Middle
class Brazilian

immigrants in Lisbon. In Vered Amit, ed., Going First Class: new
approaches to privileged travel and movement, pp.103
25. Berghahn.

Whyte, William Foote (1997) Creative Problem Solvin
g in the Field: Reflections
on a Career. AltaMira Press.


Social Anthropology Core Modules, Second Semester

SOAN70652 Issues in Ethnographic Research 2

Dr Tony

: Nine x 2
hour sessions organised as a workshop/ seminar in which
tudent participation is central.

Time & Place:

Coupland 3 LG10

: 4000
word essay

This course builds on Issues in Ethnographic Research 1 (SOAN70641) in
locating anthropological field methods within social science research
methods. It
will address questions about the relationship between general theories and
empirical research with a particular, but not exclusive, emphasis on ethnographic
fieldwork. It will explore the underlying premises of different methodologies and
the m
eaning of datam and will consider the political issues raised by
anthropological research specifically, and empirical social research generally.

The general aim is to make the course relevant to students’ own projects and
priorities in a very practical s
ense. It will focus initially on techniques for the
collection, recording and analysis of data before moving on to ‘foreshadowed
questions’ about the processes of ethnographic fieldwork, such as access to ‘the
field’, ethics, field
notes, issues of represe
ntation, dissemination and the different
genres of academic writing.

Preliminary reading

Stocking, George.1983. Observers Observed: Essays on Ethnographic
Fieldwork. University of Wisconsin Press.

Wolcott, H.F. 1995. The Art of Fieldwork. Walnut Creek:


Sanjek, R. 1990. Fieldnotes: the making of anthropology. Cornell University


Social Anthropology Optional

All MA and PgD students are normally required to select 30 credits’ worth of
optional course units per semester. They
may take all these modules from those
offered within the Social Anthropology Discipline Area as listed below.
Alternatively, they may combine these Social Anthropology modules with a range
of approved modules across the Faculty of Humanities. These have mo
stly have
been organized into seven different ‘pathways’ related to a common theme.
Details of these additional optional modules and the pathways are given in the
next section of this Handbook.

All these course units are worth credits with the exception
Documentary and
Sensory Media
which is worth 30 credits.
Please note that in order to cover
the equipment costs of this course, students are required to pay an
additional ‘bench fee’ of £500.


Meeting the Millenium Development


Maia Green


Afterlives of Soviet Socialism

Madeleine Reeves

SOAN70771 Screening Culture

Angela Torresan

SOAN60831 Regional Anthropology

Saharan Africa

Tony Simpson



Exhibiting Cultures

Ian Fairweat

SOAN60992 Documentary and Sensory Media

Rupert Cox.
NB 30 credits


Cities and Migration

Nina Glick


Social Anthropology Optional Modules, First Semester


Meeting the Millennium Development Goals: The
Anthropology of International Development


Professor Maia

: Lectures and Discussion

Time & Place:
Hanson Room, Humanities Bridgeford

word essay


course provides an anthropological overview of the institutions and practices
associated with international development in the current policy context of
reaching the MDGs. The course introduces students to the institutional
architecture of aid, the cogniti
ve and classificatory frameworks through which
development assistance is imagined and to the specialised practices of
accounting, management and participation through which development is
implemented as projects and programmes in various countries and comm
Taking as its staring point the association between development and
governance, the course explores key issues and concepts in the current
development paradigm in relation to both ethnographies of development and to
development practice. The cours
e uses these ethnographies as well as material
generated by development agencies to introduce students to the notion of
international development as a complex cultural system and to evaluate the
possibilities for development as a transformative project in
the constitution of
modernities generally and modern social imaginaries


On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

• Critically read and evaluate the transformative claims made in development
agency documentation.

• U
nderstand the radically different ways in which anthropology and
international development model categories of knowledge and society and the
implications of this for the relationship between anthropology and development .

• Understand the institutional fr
amework and practices of international

Course Content

The lecture course will cover the following themes:

1. Anthropology and International Development

2. Aid Architecture and Instruments

3. Development Categories

4. Toolkits and Techniq
ues: Governance, Finance and Spending

5. Targeting Poverty

6. Poverty as an Effect

7. Hunger, Food Security and Dependency


8. Participation, Agency and the Development Subject

9. Development Practices: Planning, Projects and Programmes

10. The Contri
bution of Development

Preliminary reading

Cooper, F & Packard, R. 1997. International Development and the Social
Sciences. Essays on the History and Politics of Knowledge. University of
California Press

Ferguson, J. 1997. The Anti Politics Machine. Development, Depolticization and
Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho. Cambridge University Press.

Green, M 2006 Presenting Poverty, Attacking Representations. Anthropological
Perspectives on Poverty in Development,
Journal of Development Studies,
42 (7), 1108

Mitchell, T. 2002. Rule of Experts. Egypt,Techno Politics, Modernity. University of
California Press.

Riles, A. 2001. The network inside out. University of Michigan Press.

Mosse, D. 2005. Cultivating De
velopment: An Ethnography of Aid Policy and
Practice. London, Pluto.

SOAN 60151

Afterlives of Soviet Socialism

Dr. Madeleine


Ten three
hour periods of contact time, which consist of lectures
(40%), film showings (30%) and student
led discussions (30%). For the latter,
each student is expected to prepare a one
two page (400 word) summary of one
of the optional readings every sec
ond week. Students are actively encouraged to

use office drop
in times and to draw on the on
line resources available for this
course, including a dedicated Blackboard site.

Time & Place:


Alan Turing G.108

Review essa
y: 1000 words (20%); Final essay: 3000 words (80%).

Course Content

This course unit brings the tools of anthropological analysis to the study of Soviet
socialism and its afterlives through critical exploration of five themes:

personhood and subjectivity

making and home

money and networks

belonging and nationhood

modernity, futurity and the idea of “transition”.

Each theme acts as a lens for thinking about the distinctiveness of the Soviet
project and the way in which practices and imaginaries have

(or haven’t)
changed with the shift from a planned to a market economy. Particular attention
is given to the limitations of teleological accounts of social change; the insights
that emerge from comparative ethnographic analysis of post

ations, and the contribution that anthropology can make to
understanding the complexity of everyday experiences of dramatic social and
economic transformation. The course draws on ethnographically informed
approaches to the study of the Soviet past, as wel
l as contemporary
ethnographic fieldwork from Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucasus.


The course has three broad aims

to enable students to think anthropologically about a distinct social, political
and cultural project: that of Soviet so
cialism. Rather than examining the Soviet
past merely as a prelude to a “post
socialist” present

a past that is often treated

as homogenous and self
evidently polarised between ideological conformity and
popular resistance

this course encourages stude
nts to focus substantively on
the Soviet socialism as an object of anthropological enquiry. We will draw on a
variety of materials, including ethnographies, memoirs, diaries, photographs and
film, to explore the way in which the socialist project was trans
lated into everyday
worlds: through material objects and spatial arrangements; in relationships and
the production of dependencies; through consumption and in the imagination;
and through the production of boundaries between selves and others. We will

o consider the way in which this project was appropriated, challenged, ignored
and transformed through everyday practices in diverse cultural settings.

(2) to provide students with the theoretical tools and empirical resources to think
critically about t
he variety of “postsocialist” transformations that have occurred
over the last two decades in the former Soviet space. Drawing on material from
across this vast region, we will think about the diversity of Soviet “afterlives” and
the utility of “postsocial
ism” and “neoliberalism” as tools of theoretical analysis.
We will consider the particular contribution that an ethnographic approach can
make to a critical analysis of postsocialist “transition”, through a focus on issues
such as personhood and place
ng; the shifting meanings of money; and the
relationship between dramatic political transformation and the (often violent)
articulation of national belonging.

(3) through this empirical exploration, we will think broadly and comparatively
about 20th cent
ury projects of industrial modernisation. The region that we focus
on here has been the object of multiple projects aimed at specifying and
overcoming “backwardness”, whether in the form of early Soviet attempts to
“overcome” private property, or more rece
nt, World Bank sponsored initiatives to
introduce a competitive market economy in agriculture, industry and the
management of natural resources. Throughout the course we will ask “what is at
stake” in such projects; what kinds of accounts of time they mobi
lise, and how
they are potentially disrupted by the intransigent materiality of the worlds they try
to remake.



On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

• Draw on a range of relevant empirical case studies to evaluate d
theoretical approaches to the study of Soviet socialism from within and beyond

• Demonstrate an appreciation for the diversity of experiences of Soviet socialism

in different historical periods and geographical settings, using rele
vant empirical

• Understand and evaluate some of the major theoretical approaches that have
been developed to understand “post
socialist” change in the former Soviet space,
and to be aware of the distinctive contribution of an ethnographic appro

• Critically evaluate the validity of “post
socialism”, “neoliberalism”, “globalization”
and other theoretical vocabularies to explain the dynamics of social and political

change in the former Soviet Union;

• Synthesize and critically evaluate book
length ethnographic arguments in the
form of written and oral reports;

• Creatively deploy a wide range of ethnographic and other sources in the writing
of a substantial research paper.

Preliminary reading

Brown, Kate. 2004. A biography of no place: from

ethnic borderland to Soviet
heartland. Harvard University Press.

Morss, Susan. 2000. Dreamworld and Catastrophe. The Passing of Mass
Utopia in East and West. MIT Press.

Grant, Bruce. 1995. In the Soviet House of Culture: A Century of Perestroikas
rinceton University Press

Hann, Chris, Caroline Humphrey and Katherine Verdery. 2002. Introduction:
postsocialism as a topic of anthropological investigation. In Postsocialism:
Ideals, Ideologies and Practices in Eurasia, pp.1
28. Routledge.

Hirsch, Fra
ncine. 2005. Empire of nations : ethnographic knowledge & the
making of the Soviet Union. Cornell University Press.

Humphrey, Caroline. 1983. Karl Marx Collective: Economy, Society and Religion
in a Siberian Collective Farm. Cambridge University Press OR
Karl Went
Away But Marx Stayed Behind Michigan University Press, 1996.

Humphrey, Caroline. 2002. The Unmaking of Soviet Life: Everyday Economies
After Socialism Cornell University Press.

Kotkin, Stephen. 1995. Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilizati
on. University
of California Press.

Sahadeo, Jeff and Russell Zanca. 1997. Everyday Life in Central Asia: Past and
Present. Indiana University Press.

Suny, Ronald Grigor. 1997. The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the
Successor States. Oxford University Press.

Yurchak, Alexei. 2006. Everything Was Forever Until It was No More: The Last
Soviet Generation. Princeton University Press.


SOAN70771 Screening


Angela Torresan

Lectures, Film screenings, Discussion sessions, Student presentations

Time & Place:
Kilburn Th 1.3

word essay

Course Content

The course will introduce the
historical context and follow the main steps and key
concepts of visual anthropology and will examine how both practices,
documentary film
making and anthropology, have changed their focus over the
years. We will do that by paying attention, at each sessio
n, to specific issues