Objectives of the course are a) to provide basic notions on the fundamental concepts of social and cultural anthropology and on the main issues that are today at the center of the debate and b) to provide conceptual tools useful for reasoning autonomously and critically on issues and problems related to contemporary globalization as a complex intertwining of local and transnational processes.

At the end of the course the student has:
- a knowledge of the main anthropological theories, with the ability to contextualize their historical-scientific development
- a knowledge of the main concepts of cultural and social anthropology.
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Mutuazione: 22902520-2 LABORATORIO DI ETNOGRAFIA in Servizio sociale e Sociologia L-40 PINELLI BARBARA


The laboratory focuses on the nexus bodies/gender/borders from an anthropological and ethnographic perspective. The laboratory, which will be organized in seminar lessons to promote the class's participation, starts from the analysis of the concept of the border - understood as a social and geographical space in which social hierarchies on differences are produced and strengthened - to explore its temporal dimension, protracted suffering, and intertwined oppressions. In this sense, the border allows the analysis of the processes that make some bodies and subjects susceptible to violation and vulnerability. At the same time, it looks at the effects of border policies over time, especially on generations. The border will be seen as the social space through which to explore both violations and new forms of alliance. Video and discussion materials will be provided by the teacher during the lessons.

Core Documentation

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Ciabarri, Luca. L’imbroglio mediterraneo. Le migrazioni via mare e le politiche della frontiera. Raffaello Cortina.
Holmes, Seth M. (2023) Frutta fresca, corpi spezzati. Braccianti migranti negli Stati Uniti d’America. Meltemi.
Khosravi, Shahram (2019). Io sono confine. Eléuthera.
Albahari, Maurizio (2015). Crimes of Peace. Mediterranean Migrations at the World's Deadliest Border. University of Pennsylvania Press.
De León, Jason (2015). The land of open graves. Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail. University of California Press.

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures will be supported by Power Point and audio-visual materials, as well as by the reading and analyzing ethnographic examples. These support-tools intend to encourage the active participation of the students, dialogues, and discussions on the course topics.

Type of evaluation

Oral interview, about 15/20 minutes. Through questions/answers, it will be verified that: 1) the students have read the materials assigned 2) the students are able to interpret and reflect on concepts and perspectives illustrated; 3) the students have developed the capacity of autonomous thought and to apply concepts to different contexts.