Photo overlooking the totem pole in the Pitt Rivers Museum


During the Final Honour School, students delve more deeply into the subject areas which have been introduced to them in the first year. They will also decide on which three options they would like to take from the following list of 30 subjects. One option is studied in the second year, two are studied in the third year.

Anthropology of Europe

After a long period in the shadows compared with many other parts of the world, Europe has now won a secure place for itself as a major ethnographic region. This has been helped theoretically by the somewhat belated recognition that anthropology should concern itself with the whole of humanity, rather than be simply a matter of ‘the West’ studying ‘the rest’, and that people anywhere can be studied, as well as study others, anthropologically. This process has been helped in a practical sense by the opening up of Eastern Europe as a field for ethnographic enquiry since 1989. Along the way, the anthropology of Europe has developed many distinctive topics of its own. The course will cover all regions of Europe and (subject to availability) include topics such as honour and shame (a theme in the anthropology of gender), patron-client relations, community and village studies, class, nationalism, multiculturalism and identity, the European Union and European integration, socialism and post-socialist economies, tourism and religion. 

Last update on 09/12/16 by Robyn Mason.

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