Week 6 Notes
Week 6 Notes ANTH 0780
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Date Created: 10/07/15
Intro To Cultural Anthropology Week 6 October 5th Viewing the World Anthropologically gathering details about social life knowing what to look for knowing how to interpret it Invitations to Love started as a demographic study of marriage practices became a study of the relationship between love and literacy ethnography of microprocesses of social transformation brings first segment of our course together Where does Meaning Come From how does it work what shapes and controls it how does it change Meaning in Practice Ahearn s approach a practice theory of meaning constraint p 56 what shapes the range of possible interpretations that might arise from an event conveys worry that messages will be intercepted what something means is shaped by the sociocultural world it inhabits Definitions words are defined by their context of use dictionaries and textbooks simply catch them Ideology a worldview thatjustifies the social arrangements under which people live the process of production of meanings significance and value in social life ideas which help to legitimate a dominant political power a socially necessary illusion eg money has value Language Ideologies conceptions of language that guide its use connect it to social groups and interests metalanguage frames events guides language use in action metacommunication frames events enables meaning Metacommunication communication about communication a framework that guides the interpretation of social events may be implicit or explicit may be linguistic or nonlinguistic What s going on here Who is involved What can happen and who s in control What is at stake eg in politics someone speaks for congress even though not all are present eg think about architecture seating in a classroom forces everyone to face the teacher constructive listening eg the way in which a particular device is used tells about the seriousness and importance of a message via phone messages emails generational differences parents like to email we like to text Frame metacommunicative message that tells participants what s going on openings and closings in conversations eg hello and goodbye hugging hello or goodbye play is a frame or orientation consciously adopted by players systematically related to the nonplay work ways that comment on and transform it somehow pleasurable eg when clogs play when is biting playful and when is biting hurtful and malicious Play as a Frame a space that is set apart from everyday activities in which responsibilities may be suspended nonplay rules roles and responsibilities may be commented on Sport as Play balinese cockfights Holism seemingly silly activities can play a part in serious business Deep Play play may have some depth Practice Theory small everyday activities play with form that attempts transformation presentation aesthetically successful experience is transformed as it is represented symbolically in a different medium or setting Lovasik Estate Sale everything was sold from a family s house that died in pittsburgh moved it to a tent in china and allowed people to buy it and claimed it was art because it displayed working class family life in pittsburgh forms of art happen all the time Semiotic Ideologies Semiotic Ideologies the study of perception forms meanings semiotic ideologies characterize processes perception and interpretation perception and interpretation of the world as cultural Media Ideologies distinctions between media and the ways they may be interpreted are culturally de ned understanding of media have social moral and political consequences media forms are understood and judged in relation to each other Writing in Magar Nepal technology of development technology of romance simply accepting a letter can create a relationship learned through Mediation describes the social work that media performs writing and other kinds of mediation cna have very differnt meanings novels letter writing manuals development literature talk about and play with each others letters writing is connected to desire self fashion and becoming a particular kind of person literacy creates the conditions foro romantic love this possiblity is not universally part of writing but it s part of writing while magar in the 1990 s October 7th Emotions what it means to love or experience other emotions is shaped by local context and history Magars in the 1990 s encounter romantic love in new ways Gender and Kinship Trobriand Cricket example of art sport ritual and play case study in discussions of authenticity you ll need to pay attention Trobriand Cricket Movie Notes played with dances and chants unlike in Britain many dances represent nature jokes and imitations imitates a white tourist with fake binoculars