Anthropology 225. Peoples and Cultures of Africa
This course takes a topical/historical approach to the study of sub-Saharan African societies. The diversity of unique African cultural features (in kinship, economy, politics and ritual) will be considered against the backdrop of historical interactions with Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia from the precolonial period to the present. Topics covered include: lineages and stateless societies, chiefdoms and long-distance trade, slavery, colonialism and underdevelopment, social movements and resistance, cosmology, warfare and stratification by ethnicity and gender.