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george washington university anthropology

george washington university anthropology


School: George Washington University
Department: Sociology
Course: Sociocultural Anthropology, 1002-10
Professor: Hugh gusterson
Term: Winter 2016
Cost: 50
Name: Sociocultural Anthropology Midterm Study #1
Description: The first 1/3 of the midterm study guide for Sociocultural Anthropology.
Uploaded: 12/04/2017
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Sociocultural Anthropology (ANTH 1002) Study Guide #1

Who claimed homosexuality was linked with communism?


-Invented by Charles Gilbert Chaddock

-Initially grouped with “sexual inversion”

-Sexual activity among same sex individuals has existed since the time of the Greeks; homosexuality  has existed for a little over 100 years.  

-No concept of hetero/homosexuality before 1892

-“Active” vs “passive”; sexuality is hierarchical (insertive individual vs receiving individual)  -Halperin: homosexuality presupposes sexuality, as sexuality is a modern invention that serves to  interpret/organize human experience  

-Seen as the deterioration of the mind linked with hostility and decay around WWII, homosexual  seen as “type”

-Homosexuality has a classification: Freud said that homosexuality cannot be classified as “disease”  because many of the greats were homosexual.  

Weapon: McCarthy claimed homosexuality was linked with communism.  

Who is Jane Murphy?

Related to: “One Hundred Years of Homosexuality” by Halperin, “Soccer, Sex, and Scandal in  Brazil” by Kulick


-Not transsexual. Men who dress in feminine clothing/act feminine from a young age.  -No desire to modify genitals, never say they are women

-Say they are a “special kind of men”  

-Center of Ronaldo controversy in Brazil: whether or not Ronaldo knew the prostitutes he paid for  were transvestis. This is a direct attack on Ronaldo’s masculinity.  

-Ronaldo’s case with travesti raises point that one can no longer have sex with the same sex/a  homosexual without being questioned themselves; interaction with Travesti made Brazil as a whole  question Ronaldo’s sexuality/masculinity.  

Related to: “Soccer, Sex, and Scandal in Brazil” by Kulick  

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-An idea that once you classify symptoms, you give “it” power in the form of creating a disease that  becomes part of one’s identity.  

Something that exists across cultures.

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-Linked with “secondary deviation”, which is when an individual learns the role of a disease and  accepts the disease as part of his or her life style

-Jane Murphy: language is main repository of labels, does not believe that labels make diseases.  -Murphy believes diseases are transcultural, displays this in studying schizophrenia across multiple  cultures; same disease, different names and “causes”.

-Murphy: Phenomena’s exist independently of labels, contracts beliefs that sociologists hold that  putting a label on symptoms will classify them and become part of one’s identity (ADD, ADHD: are  they really diseases?)

Related to “Psychiatric Labeling in Cross-Cultural Perspectives” by Murphy  


-Something existing across different historical time periods

-PTSD: did it really exist during the Cold War? Traumatic memory as a man-made object.  -PTSD seen in WWI as having other symptoms/another disease (Irritable Heart, Railway spine) -Autism: has been there all along, we just weren’t primed to see it

-Homosexuality: existed back to the times of the Greeks, but it was not referred to as “homosexuality”; no  concept of heterosexual and homosexual in that time.  

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-Something that exists across cultures

-Autism: has existed in multiple countries and has slowly all been diagnosed as one form or another  of autism/somewhere on the Autism Spectrum.

-Schizophrenia: the same symptoms across multiple cultures displayed by different peoples, named  differently according to group; compared eskimos in Alaska to tribe in Nigeria  autism and schizophrenia, prevalence/incidence (higher prevalence in areas that have more means to  research); you can have a medical and legal culture  

Related to: “Psychiatric Labeling in Cross-Cultural Perspective” by Murphy, autism,  prevalence/incidence 


-Prevalence: rate/proportion of cases of a condition  

-Incidence: rate/range of new cases over time

Related to: autism, diseases

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