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George P. Mentore

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Anthropology
Office location and address
Brooks Hall, 307
1702 University Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Ph.D. University of Sussex 1984

The disciplinary effects of anthropology have over the years gradually framed and reframed my current research interests.  They have done so as the hard-won legitimacies to speak and to write about the cultural forces contributing to the presence of human socialities in the Antilles and Amazonia.

During my time as a student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, their anthropology favored Structural-Marxism when it seemed the most likely theoretical paradigm to succeed.  Today, however, perhaps with greater vigor, I animadvert more about the differences between observing, interpreting, and describing the lived experiences of individuals in their various social worlds.

If I were to admit to any formal category from which I now teach and research, I think it would have to be that commonly referred to as “Philosophical Anthropology.”  My theoretical concerns have indeed been depicted as stemming from a subaltern consciousness, yet I intend neither to interrogate the scientific specificity of the anthropological project nor to place judgment upon its Euro-American emphasis.  Rather, I would like to site the interpretative limits of the project and, from there, embrace -- rather than evade -- the anthropological difficulties compromising humanistic descriptions of the fabulously different ways people live their lives.

AS-ANTH Tackling the Everyday: Race, Family, and Nation in Big-Time College Football - Student Grant Program on behalf of Tracie Canada
Source: National Collegiate Athletic Association
October 01, 2017 – November 01, 2018
Doctoral Dissertation Research: Indigenous Conceptions of Government and Relations with the Nation-State
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Soc., Behav. & Eco. Science
January 15, 2013 – June 30, 2014
ANTH 2190: Desire and World Economics
Credits: 3
This course offers an insight into the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services practiced by peoples ignored or unknown to classic Western economics. Its principle focus will open upon the obvious differences between cultural concepts of the self and the very notion of its desire. Such arguments as those which theorize on the "rationality" of the market and the "naturalness" of competition will be debunked.
ANTH 2325: Anthropology of God
Credits: 3
How does the study of society and culture create an intellectual space for any explanation and experience of the Divine? How does anthropology deal specifically with explaining (rather than the explaining away) knowledge and understanding about divinity? Is God an American? If God has a gender and race, what are they? These and many other pertinent questions will be engaged and tackled in this cross-cultural study of the divine.
ANTH 3152: Rainforests of Flesh / Peoples of Spirit
Credits: 3
Ethnographies of Amazonian Peoples and the new anthropological theories about their way of life.
ANTH 3300: Tournaments and Athletes
Credits: 3
A cross-cultural study of sport and competitive games. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or instructor permission.
ANTH 3370: Power and the Body
Credits: 3
Studying the cultural representations and interpretations of the body in society. Prerequisite: ANTH 1010 or permission of the instructor.
ANTH 3559: New Course in Anthropology
Credits: 1–4
New course in the subject of Anthropology.
ANTH 4591: Majors Seminar
Credits: 3
The majors seminars in anthropology offer majors and minors an opportunity to engage deeply with a topic of anthropological concern. Through these courses anthropology students gain experience in doing an independent research project on a topic they care about and produce a significant paper or other major work. Enrollment for majors and minors is preferred.
IMP 4970: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.
ANTH 5559: New Course in Anthropology
Credits: 1–4
New course in the subject of anthropology.
ANTH 7370: Power and the Body
Credits: 3
Study of the cultural representations and interpretations of the body in society.
ANTH 7559: New Course in Anthropology
Credits: 1–4
New course in the subject of anthropology.
ANTH 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
ANTH 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
ANTH 9010: Directed Readings
Credits: 1–12
Directed Readings
ANTH 9050: Research Practicum
Credits: 1
Research Practicum
ANTH 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
ANTH 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.