January 24 2014
What can learning about other peoples tell anthropologists about their own societies?
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
• The Balinese rarely make a profit on a cockfight, they are simply looking to break
• 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
• 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
• 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