Fall Term 1996-97, Thursday 2:00 - 4:50
Level: Advanced Graduate Class
Dr. Richard Scaglion
Department of Anthropoplogy
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
A. The Evolution of the
Polynesian Chiefdoms by Patrick Kirch, (1984).
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
B. Coming of Age in Samoa by
Margaret Mead, (1928). New York: William Morrow.
C. Women of Value, Men of
Renown: New Perspectives in Trobriand Exchange by
Annette Weiner, (1976). Austin: University of Texas
D. Like People You See in a
Dream: First Contact in Six Papuan Societies by E. L.
Schieffelin and R. Crittenden (eds.), (1991). Stanford:
Stanford University Press.
E. South Coast New Guinea
Cultures: History, Comparison, Dialectic by Bruce M.
Knauft, (1993). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
F. The Ngatik Massacre: History
and Identity on a Micronesian Atoll by Lin Poyer,
(1993). Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press.
The course uses the cultures of the Pacific
Islands (including Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and
Australia) as a framework for examining problems of general
anthropological interest. These may include such issues as the
origins of agriculture, the nature and development of social
stratification, the interrelationships between people and the
natural environment, the nature of gender, etc. The course will
include an ethnographic survey of the Pacific area and an
examination of contemporary problems in the region.
III. Course Requirements:
Grading will be based on quizzes (25%),
midterm (25%), final exam (25%) and an individually chosen
research assignment (25%).
Core course in cultural anthropology or
V. Tentative Schedule:
to Pacific Ethnology. The development of Anthropological
theory in the Pacific. Political geography and culture
to Pacific ethnography. Film: Fa'a Samoa. Geology
and ecology of the Pacific.
of the Pacific. Film: The Navigators. Quiz
of social stratification in Polynesia and its
relationship to ecology. Quiz on Kirch.
Polynesian Culture area.
culture. Quiz on Mead/Freeman.
Mead/Freeman debate. Film: Margaret Mead and Samoa
in Melanesia. Bigmanship, Trade and Exchange. The
functional perspective. Quiz on Weiner/Malinowski.
of agriculture and "bigmanship" in the
Highlands. The sweet potato: evolution or revolution?
Film: Ongka's Big Moka or First Contact
and "Applied Anthropology" in the Pacific. Quiz
on Schieffelin and Crittenden.
the complexity of non-material culture.
Comparison and Dialectic. Quiz on Knauft.
"Empire-building": Hierarchical relations or
mutual support and aid? Quiz on Poyer.
FINAL EXAM SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER
[Subject: Anthropology; Pacific/Comparative]