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Notes on gender and Ethnographies (Chapter 13 and 18)

by: Nathaniel Rhodes

Notes on gender and Ethnographies (Chapter 13 and 18) ANTR 110S

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This week we covered chapter 13 (Ethnographies and theories) and chapter 18(Gender)
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Nathaniel Rhodes on Saturday October 31, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to ANTR 110S at Old Dominion University taught by KRISTIN M MACAK in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 17 views. For similar materials see INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY in anthropology, evolution, sphr at Old Dominion University.


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Date Created: 10/31/15
ANTR 110S Intro to anthropology chapters 13 and 18Ethnography and Gender Chapter 13 Ethnography Ethnography A Ethnology Comparing two ethnographies with similar attributesThrough already proven research or your own conducted research B Random sample Sample which all population members have an equal chance at being asked to take survey inclusion C Sample Small study to represent larger population Process of afield site 1 Pick a topic you want to explore questions related to the subject 2 Think of a site to explore this topic a home chat room etc 3 VariablesAttributes that differ from one person to the next are going to affect expe ence E ticEmic A Emic Strategy of research focusing on local explanations B Etic Research strategy emphasizing the ethnographers explanation and categorizers Online ethnographies A Second life avatars involved B Virtual realities affect real life and vice versa social media forums Survey information should be as accurate as humanly possible Development of anthropological theories 19th centum Evolutionary perspective Early 20th century Reactions to evolutionism USAHistorica approach vs BritainFunctionalist approach Mid 20th century New evolutionary approach culture and individual vs local culture Late 20th century Increasing specialization in branches of anthropology ANTR 110S Intro to anthropology chapters 13 and 18Ethnography and Gender Unilinear evolutionism Lewis Henry Morgan created this approach human society evolves through a series of quotstagesquotSavagery to barbarism to a developed civilization it is unilinear because this is the only path believed to be true in his case He also wrote the quotLeague of Iroquoisquot Historical Particularism Created by Franz Boaz 4 field approach to anthropologycultural biological etc Believed biology doesn39t determine culture and histories are noncomparable but diverse paths can lead to the same end rejected any part of the comparative method Functionalist Focuses on the present role of cultural practices in contemporary society and systems Malinowski created the ethnographical approach RadcliffeBrown created structural functionalismcustoms preserving social structure and Synchronictogether vs diachronicapart approach Contemporary functionalism When one part changes others also do Configurationalism Created by Franz Boaz39s studentsRuth Benedict and Margaret Mead culture is integrated and has a pattern as displayed in adolescence in the US vs adolescence in Samoa Culture determines behavior and cultures were documented based on how they are unique rather than origin Neo Evolutionism White and steward wanted to reintroduce interest in the evolution of culture in the 1950s Economies and societies evolve and cultures do not evolve the same way General evolutioncreated by white Main measures and causes of culture Multilinear evolution created by steward More than one way to a cultural background Cultural Materialism Created by Marvin Harris states that culture infrastructure determines structureProducts and need and superstructure Ideology and arts Structuralism Created by Claude LeviStrauss States culture is based off common underlying properties of the human mind creates structure of myth kinship human mind and marriage Ethical issues A Project Minerva A linguistics program used by the government for translation of foreign text considered unethical because it could harm another country B Human terrain system Use of anthropologists in military environments to ease tension of warring sides also considered unethical because of involvement of weapons and harm of enemies ANTR 110S Intro to anthropology chapters 13 and 18Ethnography and Gender Culture vs the individual Culture is the vehicle for broad change B When culture is ready people in different places with the same ideas change ant the same time evolution C Super organic Study of culture important as study of organic life and inorganic lifeChemicalphysical D Culture has power over the individual like trends in fashion Symbols and interpretive Anthropology A Symbols A sign with significance to the viewer has a social and culture context whether hierarchical universal or particular to a person B Interpretive Anthropology Culture is based on learning symbols people internalize the meaning of them ex Red cross A hospital World Systems theory and political economy Post WW2 Anthropology turns away from primitive and non industrial societies in favor of contemporary societies such as the USAnterdisciplinary took interest in historicity historical accuracy and the colonizers and colonized Anthropology today Specialization in 4 sub fields professional organizations have subgroups doing their own activities and university level anthropology is less holisticwhole and more specialized Chapter 18 Gender Gender A Genders have expected stereotypical expectations and demands in each society B Gender stereotypes Activities related to a gender C Gender roles Things expected by society from a gender D Gender Stratifications Unequal distribution of rewards based on gender E Gender A social construct to determine male or female or neither F Sexual Dimorphism Differences in male and female biology G Males have clear advantages over females in physical labor spouses and child care participation 1 Domesticpublic dichotomy Division of male and female roles Working conditions for females are usually worse off than males Gender lineage ANTR 1105 Intro to anthropology chapters 13 and 18Ethnography and Gender A Matrilineal descent Descent through the female like B Patrilineal descent Descent through male line C PatrilinealPatrilocal complex Male supremacy based on patriarchal and warfare D Patriarchies tend to resort to violence more often and matriarchies are possible Sexual orientation A Intersex A group of conditions reflecting a difference in external and internal sex organs external penis and vagina and internal Ovaries and testes B Sexual orientation Sexual attraction to a certain sex C Gender identity Persons identity as a certain gender D Transgender A movement from one gender to the other


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