Culture, Politics, and Globalization
Prof. Girish Daswani
Lectures: Wednesday, 3pm-5pm, AA 112
Office hours: Tuesday &Wednesday, 2pm-3pm, MW 374
This course is a further examination of approaches to the study of human cultural
diversity in an interconnected and changing world. It reviews themes identified as central
aspects of ‘globalization’, while testing and challenging its assumptions through
ethnographic accounts and documentary films. Students examine the effects of
globalization through its everyday tensions and lived experiences, the role of identity
politics, the political dimensions of culture and heritage claims, as well as the changing
patterns of livelihood, immigration, kinship and global flows of technology, capital and
Required Ethnography (Available in the Bookstore)
Gregory, Steven. 2007. The Devil behind the Mirror: Globalization and Politics in the
Dominican Republic. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Inda, J.X. & Rosaldo, R. 2008. The Anthropology of Globalization: A Reader 2nd Edition.
1. Tutorial Participation 10%
2. Mid-term Paper 20% February 13th
3. Essay 30% March 26th
4. Final Exam 40% TBA
You are expected to complete one mid-term paper, one essay, participate in tutorial
discussions, and sit for a final exam.
1. Mid-term Paper (20 marks): Critical Review of Film. 3 pages excluding cover
page and bibliography, at least 3 academic references, excluding films. Choose at
least one out of 5 movies listed and write a critical review piece of how the
themes from the film speak to the themes from the course lectures. Be critical of
the use of cultural categories and draw on readings and lectures.
2. Long Essay (30 marks): 5 pages excluding cover page and bibliography, at least 5
academic references. Question will be provided. If you wish to substitute the
question for a topic that is not on the syllabus you must get the permission of your
tutor or myself at least 2 weeks in advance of due date.
3. Essay Exam (40 marks): This exam will have two sections. In the first section you
will have a choice of some short answer questions. In the second section you will
be asked to write an essay that draws from the readings and lectures.
4. Class Participation (10 marks): Attend class regularly, keep up with the readings,
ask intelligent questions, and contribute to the discussion. Students may be
expected to hand in summaries of readings or responses to course material.
5. Course Etiquette: Turn off all cell phones in lectures and tutorials. Refrain from
multi-tasking on your laptops – no emails, surfing, games etc. Do not leave
lectures or tutorials while in session, always inform the lecturer or tutor if you
have to leave early. Observe restraint in e-mailing the professor and tutorial
assistants. Check the syllabus and intranet site first or consider whether the
question can wait until class.
Note: You are expected to attend all the lectures. The full lecture will not be available in
any other format. Only very simplified lecture notes will be posted on the intranet. Please
borrow lecture notes from a classmate in case of illness.
You are required to read the ethnography The Devil Behind the Mirror, by Steven
Gregory, which is available at the UTSC bookstore. Selected chapters from the
Anthropology of Globalization Reader will be made available to students. This book will
not be available in the bookstore. However you could purchase it elsewhere for the other
readings not included in the syllabus, which might be useful when writing your long
Readings that are marked Recommended are posted online but not required readings for
seminar discussions. They are suggestions for further readings that can be read
selectively if you have an interest in a specific topic and when writing your essays.
Office hours: tuesday &wednesday, 2pm-3pm, mw 374 daswani@utsc. utoronto. ca. This course is a further examination of approaches to the study of human cultural diversity in an interconnected and changing world. It reviews themes identified as central aspects of globalization", while testing and challenging its assumptions through ethnographic accounts and documentary films. The devil behind the mirror: globalization and politics in the. The anthropology of globalization: a reader 2nd edition. Evaluation: tutorial participation, mid-term paper, essay, final exam. You are expected to complete one mid-term paper, one essay, participate in tutorial discussions, and sit for a final exam: mid-term paper (20 marks): critical review of film. 3 pages excluding cover page and bibliography, at least 3 academic references, excluding films. Choose at least one out of 5 movies listed and write a critical review piece of how the themes from the film speak to the themes from the course lectures.