Bibliography for Teaching


A note on resources

  • two ethnographies better than three
  • Use articles as a way to introduce main themes in ethnographies



Horace Miner – Body Ritual Among the Nacirema (can use this piece to ask about):

  • citation practices
  • Ethnographic authority
  • How to incorporate the affective/feeling of anthropology



Judith Lorber – “Night to his Day”: The Social Construction of Gender- Night to his day

Ann Foster Sterling – How to Build a Man (someone tried this but said it didn’t work so well – students did get the sarcasm – something to think about if you consider assigning it)

Anne Allison – Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club 

Farha Ghannam – Live and Die Like a Man

Holly Wardlow – Wayward Women: Sexuality and Agency in a New Guinea Society


Orientalism (“The Other”)

Edward Said – Orientalism (Introduction, password-protected)

Stuart Hall – The West and the Rest (password-protected)

(with more theoretical/channeling pieces like this, you could break them into groups, each have one section in class)



John Bodley – “The Price of Progress”



Jemima Pierre – Predicament of Blackness



Jason De Leon – The Land of Open Graves



Trobriand Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism (works better early in the class, students need to come to library to view the linked resource)

Cannibal Tours