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anthropology
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ANTH 1034
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Hollis Moore

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World Cultures January 24   2014 What can learning about other peoples tell anthropologists about their own societies? • Denaturalization o Recognizing our experiences and taken for granted routines  as socio­ cultural constructs and not world­wide normalcies.  o Does not mean that we need to adopt another culture’s routines because  ours are now unnatural to us. • Self­reflective critique o Rosaldo’s understanding of how grief can translate into rage which needs  to be released Balinese Cockfights • The Balinese rarely make a profit on a cockfight, they are simply looking to break  even • It would be a mistake to assume that those who bet on the winning cockfight gain  a permanent addition to their position in society • The cockfight provides a limited perspective in Balinese character • The culture of the people is an ensemble of texts made up of symbols and  meanings which need to be viewed together to view a whole understanding  of the society Hockey • An anthropologist might suggest that the meaning of hockey, for North  Americans, is tied to our cultural understanding success • Why do North Americans believe that hard work, dedication, sacrifice and self­ denial translate to success? • Why do some people succeed more than others • Many people don’t feel their hardwork and sacrifice pay off • The meaning of hockey lies in its demonstration of how the Canadian success  model is supposed to work • Hockey is a ritual that creates meaning • Rituals do not just reflect but they create • Hockey brings people together from across the country • Canadian children start hockey so early that their parents need to help then put on  their gear • Being injured in a hockey game is a way to earn esteem, even more so if the  player returns to the ice before they are completely healed. The meaning of progress of development
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