Sociocultural Anthropology | Anthropolgy | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

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Sociocultural Anthropology

Socio-cultural anthropologists study the many societies of humans today, in all their complex aspects. Socio-cultural anthropology provides the tools to understand human behavior around the world and around the corner; it makes the familiar strange and the strange familiar.

Sociocultural anthropologists in the program at SIU Carbondale study in Greece, Nigeria, Venezuela, Guatemala and Mexico, and in our own backyard in southern Illinois and the Mississippi Delta region, including New Orleans. Special emphases in our program include identity, power, and history, visual anthropology and popular culture, food and culture, and disaster studies and development.

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