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Chapter 16 & Introduction (Weiner) Notes

by: Mikaela Faust

Chapter 16 & Introduction (Weiner) Notes Anthropology 2010-003

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These notes cover last Tuesday (the 5th) and Thursday (the 7th). On Tuesday we discussed chapter 16 of the textbook, and on Thursday we discussed the "Introduction" chapter of Weiner's "The Trobria...
Cultural Anthropology
Dr. Ida Fadzillah Leggett
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Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, asking questions about humanity, cultural anthropology: asking questions about humanity, trobrianders, papua, new guinea, annnette b. weiner, weiner
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mikaela Faust on Saturday April 9, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Anthropology 2010-003 at Middle Tennessee State University taught by Dr. Ida Fadzillah Leggett in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 16 views. For similar materials see Cultural Anthropology in anthropology, evolution, sphr at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Date Created: 04/09/16
04-05-16 Anthropology Lecture Notes  We assign value to things that aren’t inherently valuable o Dollar bills have an artificial connection to actual value o Even gold is not inherently valuable o This is a cultural value that changes across borders  George Stocking did research on objects being multidimensional physically (height, width, depth) and more abstractly (time, power, wealth, and aesthetics). o Example of the shiny new bicycle (page 397)  Objects are symbols that represent things (for example, a cross necklace)  Symbols change over time  A single object’s meaning can change as it changes hands as well  3 Examples we need to know: o Skirt length example o Pottery style o Thomas Entangled Objects in Fiji (page 407)  Cannibal forks  Things define us in our societies, but they also seem to have lives of their own. We “read” objects for a lot of different messages. 04-07-2016 Anthropology Lecture  “The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea” o The Trobriand Isalnds are the “holy grail” of anthropology because Malinowski did so much research there, and he is considered the father of modern anthropology.  Stayed for a long period of time  Learned the native language  Lived with the people  How was Weiner’s analysis of the Trobriands different from Malinowski? o Malinowski was wrong about women’s wealth; he discredited it, while Weiner found that it was more powerful than man’s wealth. o Malinowski was looking more for the cause and effect of the society in comparison to his own, while Weiner did a more in-depth study of the significance of this society. o Weiner did a better study that also focused on the women while Malinowski didn’t  When did Weiner do fieldwork in the Trobriands? o In the 1970’s. First went in the 1960’s.  What larger nation-state is the Trobriands a part of? o Papua, New Guinea  Between the Indonesian Islands and Australia  It is half of one main island o Papua is the city, New Guinea is the country o The Trobriands are their own islands  What is the Kula? o The ceremonial trade between islands to build relationships o Mainly men o Travel in one direction, trading necklaces. The return trip is in the other direction, trading armbands. o Is of great power significance, similar to trading money  Matrilineal society o It means men and women interact differently o Wealth etc is also passed down through females o Men are the caretakers  The men do beauty magic, as it is really important for them to be beautiful.  Men are in positions of power (Headman), but women are heads of the family; women have social authority but not political authority.


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