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Steve Derne

Professor of


Bailey Hall 243
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454


Steve Derne has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1993.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Derne, Steve. 2008. "Globalization on the Ground. New Media and the Transformation of Culture, Class, and Gender in India." Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd
  • Derne, Steve. 2000. "Movies, Masculinity, and Modernity: An Ethnography of Men's Filmgoing in India." Greenwood Press
  • Derne, Steve. 1995. "Culture in Action:Family Life, Emotion, and Male Dominance in Banaras, India." SUNY Press
Fall 2015 Classes

INTD 105:
WS:Durkheim on Religion&Ritual

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    Writing Seminar is a course focusing on a specific topic while emphasizing writing practice and instruction, potentially taught by any member of the College faculty. Because this is primarily a course
    in writing, reading assignments will be briefer than in traditional topic courses, and students will prove their understanding of the subject matter through writing compositions rather than taking examinations.
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SOCL 240:
S/Sociology of Religion

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    This course examines the relationship between religion and society and between religion and individual experiences. Topics include theoretical explorations into nature, origins, and functions of relig
    ion; interpretations of the place of religion and ritual in social life; analyses of interaction between religion and other institutions of society, like economy, politics and family; examination of religious change, and consideration of the interaction between religion and psyche, religion and socialization, and religion and inequality. Offered every year
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SOCL 376:
SrSm:Soc of Nonordinary Exper

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    This course may be taken to meet the senior seminar requirement in Sociology. It is an intensive study of a topic in sociology not covered in depth in other courses, or alternatively, an attempt to i
    ntegrate two or more paradigms or converging perspectives in the field to be studied. Students are expected to produce a research paper and present findings. Prerequisites: Senior standing.
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