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Mutuazione: 22910309 Antropologia della globalizzazione in Scienze pedagogiche e scienze dell'educazione degli adulti e della formazione continua LM-85 PINELLI BARBARA


For a long time, globalization was considered a hyperbole of connections between geographical and cultural spaces, emphasizing a possible erosion of social and spatial boundaries. Nevertheless, since the 1990s, the so-called global processes have exacerbated differences, reinforcing border areas, strengthening borders, and social belongings.
Putting at the core these anthropological issues, the course a) offers concepts and methods of social and cultural anthropology b) develops basic knowledge and analytical tools which c) will help build a critical gaze on contemporary conditions of vulnerability and discrimination. On this background, the course's second part analyzes the ways in which globalization processes affect the production of racial, gender, cultural, and class discriminations, as well as their intersections. This perspective on the intersectionality of oppression allows to explore the construction of the social hierarchies on differences, political vulnerability, and forms of resistance.
The ethnographic method and ethnographic examples will encourage a participatory method to understand the ‘otherness’, becoming a helpful means to develop a comparative and non-ethnocentric perspective, together with micro-macro levels of analysis.

Core Documentation

1) Palumbo Berardino, Pizza Giovanni, Schirripa Pino (2023). Antropologia culturale e sociale. Concetti, storia, prospettive. Hoepli.
Parte Prima. L’antropologia e i suoi campi (pp. 1-38).
Parte Seconda. Panoramica storica degli studi di antropologia culturale e sociale (pp. 39-114).
Parte terza. Parole chiave per un’antropologia contemporanea. Corpo (pp. 134-149); Femminismo e antropologia (pp.165-177); Genere (pp. 178-188); Mobilità (pp. 256-270); Resistenze (pp. 271-285)

2) A text of your choice (the books can be read in their original version - where available):

Bourgois, Philippe e Schonberg, Jeff (2011). Reietti e fuorilegge. Antropologia della violenza nella metropoli americana. DeriveApprodi, Roma.
Fusaschi, Michela. (2011). Quando il corpo è delle altre. Retoriche della pietà e umanitarismo-spettacolo. Bollati Boringhieri.
Holmes, Seth M., (2023). Frutta fresca, corpi spezzati. Braccianti migranti negli Stati Uniti d’America. Meltemi.
Khosravi, Shahram (2019). Io sono confine. Eléuthera.

3) Reference articles and suggested lecture notes (will be indicated and uploaded by the teacher)

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.


Attendance is not mandatory. However, participation in the course is recommended for a greater understanding of the disciplinary debate, the bibliography, and active participation in classroom discussions.

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.