Anthropology and Underdevelopment

Discipline: Anthropology
Instructor: Ehlers
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1300
End: 1415
Field Work: Day 1 - Rio de Janeiro - Friday, 7 November | Brazil Download Syllabus

This class presents an anthropological approach to some of the developing world’s most pressing social problems.  In some ways the class is a dramatic departure from what anthropologists have normally studied.  For many years cultural anthropologists considered their discipline peripheral to Third World issues of poverty, inequality, racism, hunger, etc.  Even applied anthropologists were reticent change agents.  Recently, however, many researchers working in developing countries have come to grips with the realities facing the people they study, thus reshaping anthropology’s contribution to our appreciation of globalization, poverty, human rights, overpopulation, disease, etc.  This course is an example of the new, and still controversial, involvement of anthropologists in confronting, studying, and changing the nature of underdevelopment.

Field Work

Country: Brazil
Day: 1 - Rio de Janeiro - Friday, 7 November

A one-day visit to a favela involved in upgrading and development on several levels.  Academic Objectives:

  1. To learn about and experience sustainable urbanism in a Rio favela neighborhood.