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Lecture 03/09/2016

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Lecture 03/09/2016 ANTH 10000

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Households and their traditions.
Dr. Richard Blanton
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Anthropology, Purdue
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Date Created: 03/10/16
03/09/2016 Lecture Social differentiation - This is between-person differences in terms of o Power o Status o Wealth o Prestige “Aspired” (or “closed”) and “Open” Social Differentiation - Social differentiation is variable in terms of the degree of ascription (ascribed at birth) “Closed differentiation” - More “open” systems allow for social mobility (e.g. by recruiting for status positions on the basis of ability) “Achieved differentiation” Why do people accept closed social Differentiation? Example: Households - Degree of differentiation in domestic life (in the family is variable, and expressed in terms of gender and generation) Domestic habits - The house itself and the habitual behaviors of everyday life (“domestic habitus”) encapsulate important principles of a culture - Habitus predisposes persons (especially children) to accept social differentiation as natural (“naturalization of hierarchy”) Three major Domestic Habitus Traditional Chinese Indic (Hindu-Brahmanic) Islamic Traditional Chinese Household - Married couples reside in husband’s parental house – the bride has low status and must obey husband’s mother - The household economy is pooled and controlled by the senior generation couple especially he father - Children’s marriages are arranged by the parents - The house is optimal when aligned with the natural flow of beneficial forces (north to south) – with rooms aligned in left-right symmetry - “geomancy” (“Feng shui”) Traditional Chinese Habits - Hierarchy is evident in the proximity of senior generation to the central axis of the dwelling – the line of connection with ancestral spirit forces – junior household members are further form central axis - Also: the senior generation is charged to manage ancestor rituals to maintain direct contact with ancestral forces that proved benefits to the family Domestic Habitus of Traditional Hindu House - Spiritual purity and defilement are key cultural concepts (human action is required to sustain purity and avoid defilement) - Purity is to defilement as back of the house is to front of the house (inside to outside) - Back of the house is associated with females and food preparation - Front/outside are associated with males, animals, and other polluting forces (water after bathing, elimination, menstruation) Traditional Hindu Domestic Habitus and Social Differentiation - Lower castes are more defiled (in small houses, proper separation of female/male domains is difficult and women may work outside the house) – therefore low status, prestige health - In higher-castes households, females household members may be more restricted in their movements and activities outside the house to avoid spiritual pollution Traditional Islamic Domestic Habitus - To maintain household prestige in the community household members must adhere to religious norms -A key aspect of this is to maintain appropriate relations between sexes (haram) Outside of the house = males Inside of the house = females - Females should be seen only by males who are related to them (father, brother, husband, male child) - Male guests cannot come into the interior of the house where females might be present - Husband and sons should be out of the house during the day


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