Week 2 Notes (September 9)
Week 2 Notes (September 9) ANTH 0780
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Intro To Cultural Anthropology Week 2 September 7th NO CLASS September 9th Witchcraft Culture and Interpretation Deep Play Why Fight Cocks play where the stakes are so high that it seems irrational men spend a great deal of time and energy on cocks deep Fights between rival groups bets with kin kin group allies the home village team against outsiders those one insults cock fights are status fights not where status is decided but a theatre for status display An Anthropologist s Perspective comparative draws comparisons between behaviors limit case an example from a relatively different location that will help us use as the possibilities of human behavior holistic problems of fieldwork problems of interpretation Culture as lntersubjective anthropologists study meaning value and patterns that emerge between people in social situations meaning isn t individual it arises between people meaning needn t be intended or conscious Winking example of intersubjectivity eye movement can be a wink a twitch a parody of a wink flirtation conspiracy solidarity friendliness depends on contextualcultural cues anthropologists observe actions in context attend to surroundings and effects Social Business something you don t do alone other people have to pick up on it we use results and responses to interpret actions Dealing With Difference Why do other people do strange things Why would people believe that a granary collapses because of witchcraft What does this mean about them At Stake In Assessment scientific racism belief that some people are biologically inferior colonial justification assumption that some people are unworthy of self rule EE EvansPritchard Context of Colonialism Azande are in what was angloegyptian sudan colonialism justified by belief that the colonized are inferior crazy etc Azande Belief in Witchcraft why did I stub my toe why did the tower fall why did that pot break Witchcraft explains misfortune Witchcraft doesn t rule out other forms of causation Witchcraft as the second spear page 79 witchcraft has its own logic its own rules of thought Perspectives Emic the way in which people understand themselves Etic comparative outside categories Anthropological Writing description is authoritative makes an argument suggests an explanation for Azande behavior makes the Azande seem weirdunfamiliar Cultural Relativism seeks to try to understand cultures in their own terms internal logic assumes that others can be both different and sane views behavior and ways of thinking as comprehensible does NOT assume that they are ethical moral desirable or ideal sometimes hidden value is revealed Ethnocentrism belief often unconscious that one s own culture is natural and normal not a bad thing in everyday life Culture beliefs behaviors and symbolic systems that we learn and share sets of learned behaviors and ideas that humans deem normal and routine includes practices that have been borrowed and those that change over time includes the behavior of elites and of anthropologists themselves we examine change over time and the seriousness with which people take practices and beliefs we examine tradition and authenticity as cultural categories Fieldwork how anthropologists examine culture don t need to go somewhere exotic it s how you observe and think about things you can be doing fieldwork right now Fieldwork Examples textbook required spirit catches you and you fall down trained as journalists less systematic than many anthropologists would be How to Study Public Life trained as an architect ignore claims about objectivity universal meaning given to gender pay attention to ways of looking at what people do how spaces work
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