Anthropology of Home

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Anthropology of Home
Fall 2022
Taught By: Rachel Heiman
Section: A

CRN: 11138

Credits: 3

When we think of home, we typically envision spaces, sentiments, and relationships that are deeply personal, familiar, and familial. Yet these seemingly private spaces also are key sites through which we become national subjects and cultural citizens with specific gendered, classed, and culturally infused desires. How might we understand the relationship between domestic design, national anxieties, and intimate lives? This course provides students an introduction to the anthropology of home and explores sites that include living rooms in Hungary, dining rooms in Egypt, cramped quarters in Algeria, service entrances in Rio, and dens in New Jersey. Our readings examine topics that range from how kitchens and drawing rooms in Punjab have replaced national spaces of personal transformation to the ways that love and marriage in China have been recast amid the rise of homeownership. Final projects enable students to write about an aspect of home of their own choosing.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:14am EST 2/7/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 617
Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022