Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Ethnographic Contexts (Europe)



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas





Weekly hours


Teaching language



LO1. To learn, question and use the key-concepts on European Ethnographic Context;
LO2. To develop critical insights on European Ethnographic Context, through critical reading of contemporary bibliographical references;
LO3. To improve oral and written competences and individual or team work;
LO4. To incorporate the seminar/course issues and debates in field works



Subject matter

P1. Introduction: economic and social organization, social stratification, and symbolic constructs in the European context;
P2. The nation-building, the European-building and evidences of new processes;
P3. Region-building and social construct of the places;
P4. Borders, refugees and migration;
P5. The deruralization and the new ruralities;
P6. Cities, suburbs and places of confinement;
P7. Heritage process and touristification.


BELLIER, Irène; WILSON, Thomas M. ed. (2000) An Anthropology of the European Union, Oxford, Berg
BOISSEVAIN, Jeremy, ed. (1992) Revitalizing European Rituals, London, Routledge
CAIRO, Heriberto et al (2009) Portugal e Espanha – Entre discursos de centro e práticas de fronteira, Lisboa, Colibri
GODDARD,Victoria A.; LLOBERA, Josep; SHORE, Chris, ed. (1994) The Anthropology
of Europe ¬Identities and Boundaries in conflict, Oxford/ Washington, Berg
NAROTZKY, Susana; SMITH, Gavin (2006) Immediate struggles – People, Power and Place in Rural Spain, University of California Press,
Berkeley/Los Angeles
ROQUE, Maria-Ángels, ed.(2000) Nueva antropología de las sociedades mediterráneas, Barcelona, Icaria
STRATH, Bo; af MALMBORG, M. , ed. (2000) The Meaning of Europe, Oxford, Berg
THIESSE, Anne-Marie (2000) A construção das Identidades Nacionais, Lisboa, Temas e Debates
WILSON, T. M.; DONNAN, Hastings (1998) Border Identities – Nation and state at international frontiers, Cambridge, CUP

Teaching method

The course is divided into theoretical and theoretical-practical lectures (by the professor and guests), seminars and film exhibitions
During the course, students must develop several skills and competences based on Learning Objectives. Different teaching-learning
methodologies will be used to achieve those objectives.
Methodologies of teaching-learning:
1. Expository, to present the theoretical frames of reference
2. Participatory ,with collective seminar debates
3. Active, with individual and team presentations
4. Self-Learning - autonomous work

Evaluation method

Evaluation: presentation of a text (25%); attendance and participation (15%) and a written essay (60%)