Cultural Anthropology (2011/2012)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Sabrina Tosi Cambini
Sabrina Tosi Cambini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. 2B dal Apr 23, 2012 al Jun 10, 2012.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

Provide knowledge on basic concepts of the discipline (such as, for example, culture, identity, ethnicity, multiculturalism, assimilation, acculturation, integration, etc..). Develop a critical approach to our knowledge and openness to knowledge of the Other. Develop a reflection of organizational experiences in other socio-cultural contexts and the relationship between spaces / places and people who live there.


The course is divided into three parts: the first will address concepts and basics of the anthropological approach, such as culture, ethnicity, multiculturalism, assimilation, integration, etc. ethnocentrism. In the second, we turn to a specific experience, as narrated and analyzed by an ethnographic study in which the protagonists are a few women working in the field of fish in a coastal area near Dakar (Senegal). The ethnographer provides a detailed account about the aggregation and organization that these women have built. The last part of the course explores the relationship between people and places in urban areas, through specific examples from field research.


1. E. A. Schultz e R. H. Lavenda, Antropologia culturale, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2010 (only italian second edition). Tutti i capitoli eccetto il 4, 5 e 11.
2. D. Ndiaye, Parenañu. “Siamo pronte”, Cisu, Roma, 2004.
3. A book chosen from the following:
- F. Lai, N. Breda, Antropologia del “Terzo Paesaggio”, Cisu, Roma, 2011.
- M. Bressan, S. Tosi Cambini, “Zone di transizione. Etnografia urbana nei quartieri e nello spazio pubblico, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2011.
- F. Scarpelli, A. Romano, Voci nella città, Carocci, Roma, 2011

Assessment methods and criteria

Written test

Teaching aids