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240028 VS Rethinking Middle Classes (3.3.4) (2019W)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first session is obligatory!


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Mittwoch 02.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Montag 07.10. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Montag 21.10. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Montag 04.11. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Montag 02.12. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 12.12. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 09.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This seminar offers an examination of major themes and discussions surrounding the anthropology of class and consumption: the practices, relations, and rituals through which things become meaningful for individuals as markers of their status and class belongings in our global world. Seminar readings will include theoretical discussions within classic works of anthropology and social theory as well as recent ethnographic works from different parts of the world. The focus of this seminar will be “middle classes” that now constitute a significant reference point for many studies, which aim to understand the recent phase of global neoliberalism. Some questions we will explore within this context include: How can we define and study middle classes ethnographically? Is a focus on middle classes important for understanding globalization and the latter’s entanglement with local structures? Do “things” matter? What kind of insights can they provide on social structure and inequality, class identity, culture and values, or processes of change at particular moments in history?

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Seminar will be based on group presentations and discussion.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Course attendance (max. absence: 1 session: 3 hours); Seminar presentation and discussion paper (40%); participation and pre-seminar comments&questions (20%); Final Paper/Take-home Exam (40%).

Presentations documents (doc files or Powerpoint files) should be sent 1 day before the presentation. Discussion papers should be sent 1 day before the meeting.

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). From winter term 2019/20 the plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


The seminar will be based on group presentations and discussion. It aims to provide the participants with not only basic theoretical tools for understanding the relation between class, consumption, globalization but also the ability to critically engage with these concepts and follow them through various case studies based on ethnographic fieldwork.


all texts will be available on moodle

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21