Mediterranean Peoples and Societies

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“The Mediterranean speaks with many voices” wrote the French historian, Fernand Braudel. The aim of this anthropology class is to explore the geographical area of the Mediterranean as a place of incredible cultural diversity, interaction and exchange.  Through ethnographic writing and film, students are introduced to a range of contemporary issues currently affecting the lives of peoples whose homes border the Mediterranean Sea. Topics include: urbanization and environmental transformation; migration, ethnicity and xenophobia; gender roles and ideologies; identity, memory and social change; cosmopolitanism and social mobility; tourism, consumption and more.  

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by zhixin on May 22, 2014
Few weeks ago, I learned in my anthropology class that cosmopolitanism is defined as an ideology that all human groups belong to a single community based on a shared morality. Rosabet Ross Kanter (1995), a professor at Harvard Business School, describes the people following that philosophy with two main characteristics. The most attractive values of cosmopolitanism are the emphases on peace over war and tolerance over conflict; thus, these components allows for better communication and better bridging over dissimilarities.

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by sarahmurphy on May 21, 2014
Through ethnographic observation, anthropologists raise their cultural awareness. In an attempt to view magical practices in Calabrian and other Western cultures as equal yet different, this article will examine how certain items are incorporated in magic around the world. With these cultural differences in mind, we can understand how objects that are respected for their healing properties in certain regions are not necessarily revered everywhere.

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