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Instructions: Think of this assignment like a review of a book (or even restaura

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Instructions: Think of this assignment like a review of a book (or even restaurant). First, watch The Corportation (here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMNZXV7jOG0). Then, while referencing readings/content from the syllabus, critically analyze the film in light of some of the primary class themes. In your reviews, address the following:
(1) Brief summary of the film.
(2) How did the film critically examine some of the particular in-class themes (i.e., the state, hegemony, power, race, etc.)?
(3) How effective was the film’s examination of these themes? Were any perspectives missing? If so, how could the film’s examination be improved?
Essentially, in this review you are to construct a well-supported argument about how well a film addressed a particular theme that we have analyzed/complicated in class. Don’t just say that the film did or did not do a good job. Rather, you should justify that claim while evoking material from the syllabus. Part of this, therefore, involves critically describing/defining whichever concepts you’re analyzing. For instance, if you discuss discourse, don’t take its meaning for granted. Describe what discourse means anthropologically, and then use that descriiption to analyze the effectiveness of the particular film. I also encourage you to think intersectionally. Don’t just analyze a film in light of hegemony, for instance, but as discourse intersects with issues of race, or class.
This review should reference at least 3 academic in-class readings (please note: non-academic readings, such as the Constitution, The Crucible, etc. will not count towards the minimum 3 in-class readings). One text MUST be “Speech, Citizenry, and the Market: A Corporate Public Figure Doctrine” by Desai. You can choose the other two.
It should be 800-1000 words in length, double spaced. Please be sure that the reviews are spell checked, well-organized, etc.
Readings:
-Syllabus
-“Law” in Morality: An Anthropological Perspective by Zigon
-“The Code of Hammurabi”
Available online: https://avalon.law.yale.edu/ancient/hamframe.asp
-The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Available online:
https://www.fcusd.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=192
07&dataid=43149&FileName=CrucibleScriptPDF.pdf
Discussion Boards:
-Introductions (July 19)
-The Crucible (July 21)
Assignment:
-Research Proposals (July 21)
UNIT TWO: CULTURE AND CUSTOM (22 July – 28 July)
Readings:
-The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies by Mauss
-“The Economy and Social Norms” in Economy and Society by Weber
-“Law as Culture” in Cultural Analysis, Cultural Studies, and the Law by Mezey
-“Red Hook Experiment” by Carter
-“Welcome to Problem Solving: Kelly O’Neil Levy Embraces Her New
Assignment as Presiding Judge of the Harlem Community Justice Center”
Interview available online: https://www.courtinnovation.org/publications/welcomeproblem-solving-kelly-oneill-levy-embraces-her-new-assignment-presiding-judge
Discussion Boards:
-Customs and Gifting (July 24)
-Customs and Law (July 26)
-Community Courts (July 28)
Assignment:
-Annotated Bibliography (July 28)
UNIT THREE: RELIGION AND ETHICS (29 July – 2 August)
Readings:
-“Religion” in Morality: An Anthropological Perspective by Zigon
-“The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Perspective” in
Genealogies of Religion by Asad
-“Religious Sociology and the Theory of Knowledge” and “Conclusion” in The
Elementary Forms of Religious Life by Durkheim
-“Religious Experience Creates the World of the Modern Economy: Max Weber”
in Thinking About Religion by Strenski
Discussion Board:
-Religion (July 31)
-Religion and Society (August 2)
UNIT FOUR: HEGEMONY (3 August – 11 August)
Reading
-Discipline and Punish by Foucault
Discussion Board:
-Punishment and the Body (August 7)
-Incarceration and Discipline (August 11)
Assignment:
-Outline (August 11)
UNIT FIVE: LAW AND THE STATE (12 August – 18 August)
Readings:
-“Constitutionalism, Human Rights, and Citizenship” in Islam and the Secular
State by an-Na’im
-“The Constitution of the United States of America”
Available online:
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html
-“Modes of Secularism” by Taylor
-“To Protect and Serve Whiteness” by Burton
-“Institutional Racism, Numbers Management, and Zero-Tolerance Policing in
New York” by Bornstein
-“Speech, Citizenry, and the Market: A Corporate Public Figure Doctrine” by
Desai
Film:
-The Corporation (https://freedocumentaries.org/documentary/the-corporation

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