The final exam is an open-notes open-book exam: You can bring in any sort of preparation material you'd like, including all your books, notes, or good-luck devices. You cannot share readings or any other material with your classmates during the exam. You will receive essay questions much like those below, though in most cases the final questions will be more focused. Nevertheless, I reserve the right to ask you absolutely anything that was covered in class or in the readings this semester.
You can prepare the essays in class on paper, or you can compose the essays on your laptop. If you use your laptop, plan to come in early enough to capture one of the wall outlets, and plan at evening's end to email the exam to me and burn a copy to a CD for me if the network goes down. Obviously save a copy on your computer, and when you email it to me email a copy to yourself as a backup. Any exams that are lost on computers or in email transmission will garner all of our collective sympathy, but you will be required to prepare a new exam on a new set of questions from scratch if you do not turn in a completed exam.
If you do not attend, you will not receive credit for the exam.
The final exam will include several essays drawn from the material here. The final exam questions may be exactly as they appear here, or they may be somewhat modified. You may also see some questions that are not covered here at all, so be certain you have complete notes for the entire semester and have reviewed the course readings. Email me if you have any questions.
1. Why does Ryan Adams argue that anthropologists should study food? What has happened to American farming since about 1930, how do farms differ today from those prior to the 1930s? How are organic and local food movements social critiques? That is, what do these movements tell us about how people perceive food, capitalism, and society?
2. Dickerson-Putman described the role of anthropologists in Micronesia between 1947 and 1958 as "culture brokers": What does that mean? How did the US government hope anthropology would portray Micronesians, and why did they favor that representation? What is the "advocate anthropology" that is today being practiced by anthropologists working in the Marshall Islands?
3. How did Susan Sutton define internationalization in the academy, and why did she argue that it is important? How was "international education practiced prior to the 1980s, and how is this different from the way internationalization is practiced today? What are the goals of internationalization, and what are the contemporary forces calling for internationalization?
4. Exactly what constitutes reconciliation in Ian McIntosh's terms? What are the parts of reconciliation, and what are the concrete methods? How do we ensure long-term peace?
5. What are the factors that Rick Ward said are used to determine if a face is "abnormal"? How can anthropometry be used to assess the ways in which a face is statistically distinct from normality? What are some of the potential drawbacks of such an assessment?
6. How did Sue Hyatt define an "activist anthropology"? What is the methodology for an activist anthropology? How did Hyatt's research in Philadelphia and Indianapolis propose to effect change among students and residents, and just what concrete changes can anthropology hope to foster? How did she define "public anthropology"?
7. How did Glidden define cultural resource management? What defines a "community archaeology"?
8. What constitutes applied anthropology in a museum context? What sorts of positions are available in a museum, and in what ways are they anthropological?
9. How could an archaeology project on the IUPUI campus be engaged? Specifically what ways can archaeology change how various constituencies perceive the campus and neighborhood heritage? Is the effort to illuminate ideologies like racism or inequality an appropriate goal for archaeology?
10. What does it mean for an anthropologist to be "engaged"? How have various concepts used in the class--activist anthropology, advocate anthropology, and native anthropology--structured particular forms of political engagement?
11. How can a forensic anthropology be applied? What are the two dimensions of forensic praxis? How are those practices politicized?
Last updated December 2, 2009