Symbolic Anthropology Redux
Symbolic Anthropology Redux ANTH 1002
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Symbolic Anthropology Redux Entering the field and setting the scene February 11 2015 1 Wrap up of Geertz s Notes on a Balinese on Cockfightquot a Balinese Cockfight9 Not merely gambling but symbolic social constructions and structures i Reading Balinese culture as text constructing a reading of the culture ii Balinese they behave according to the social and culture rules that are embedded in the cockfight 1 More than money9it is prestige status and dignity iii Pg 436 The cocks may be in which its devotees livequot 1 Animal mirrors symbolic 2 Made social constructs 3 Simulation Simulation of social matrix a People bet in the cockfight and do so in relationship with and to their kinship religion and labor b Symbolic reading 9 interpretative tool 11 Gabriel Garcia Marquez No one Writes to the colonel and Magical Realismquot a Gabriel Garcia Marquez My hero Nobel Prize in Literature i 100 A os de Soledad pairs magic with reality b No one Writes to the colonel i Setting in the civil war normality of Latin American States ii Particularities of the stories reveal grander themes common in Latin American society poverty political structure etc iii Magical realism is a sample of thick description 111 Dorinne Kondo EyeIquot a EyeI Introductory chapter i Question What sticks in your mind about the stetting of the first chapter 1 Evocative writer 9 places the reader in the Tokyo Involves a number of sensory experiences a Sense of density within the city b Sounds were an important characteristic 9 factory sounds bicycle bell c The appearance shop owners chip in to decorate collective space ii She is setting the scene the entrance into field 1 Soak it all in9 take in and write all down 2 Not only the anthropologist but the anthropologist that is being observed iii Question what do you think Kondo is trying to achieve through these rich description 1 She is trying to get the reader familiar iv Page 7 9 important in the readings 1 a jumble of unfamiliar buildingtake us exactly nowherequot 2 Cultural sensibilities do her nowhere 3 Setting the narrativeof doing researchquot Pg 7 V Personhood and identity 1 Epiphany 9 the uidity and fragmentation of identity 2 JapaneseAmerican a She looks Iapanese so she is supposed to occupy a cultural space but as American she lacks the skills to be a Japanese 3 She tries very hard to get Japanese in her 9 she goes to far 9 epiphany a She is catch her re ection and she is shocked b You craft your identity 9 you perform according to the people around you the student the daughter the young housewife
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