ANTH 202 Key Terms- Kohn Fall 2010.pdf

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Key$Terms$as$of$November$16,$2010$
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The!following!is!a!list!of!key!terms,!themes,!and!concepts!for!the!materials!we!have!
covered!so!far.!!This!is!not!exhaustive.!!You!may!be!asked!about!terms,!themes,!or!
concepts!covered!in!class,!films,!or!readings,!that!are!not!listed!here.!!But!this!should!
serve!as!good!study!guide.!!If!you!can!understand!the!ideas!behind!these!words!you!
have!a!good!sense!of!what’s!been!going!on!in!the!class!and!you!will!likely!do!well!on!
the!exam.!!Be!sure!you!can!define!terms!and!concepts!and!can!understand!themes!
and!their!relevance!to!class.!!The!list!is!arranged!by!lecture!topic.!!This!matches!
roughly!to!the!dates!listed!on!the!syllabus,!but!as!you!know,!we!have!often!been!
behind!schedule.!!Terms,!themes!and!concepts!may!also!be!drawn!from!the!readings!
assigned!under!a!given!lecture!topic.!!Often!terms!are!introduced!in!one!lecture!and!
then!further!refined!in!subsequent!lectures!throughout!the!course.!!In!this!case!we!
have!listed!the!term!under!the!lecture!where!it!was!first!introduced!even!in!
situations!where!most!of!the!discussion!of!the!term!comes!later.!!This!list!will!be!
updated!at!the!end!of!the!term!in!preparation!for!the!final.!!!Also,!make!sure!you!
understand!the!meaning!of!the!name!of!each!unit.!Each!unit!has!an!argument,!a!
point!to!make!about!what!anthropology!is,!and!each!unit!fits!in!with!the!other!units,!
make!sure!you!try!to!understand!the!overall!conceptual!narrative!of!the!course!and!
the!ways!in!which!each!unit!fits!in!and!each!lecture!subject!fits!into!each!unit.!
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MAKING$THE$STRANGE$FAMILIAR$AND$THE$FAMILIAR$STRANGE$
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1.$The$Riddle$of$the$Sphinx$
‐Riddle!of!the!Sphinx!
‐Mediation!
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2.$$Strangeness$and$Depth$
‐The!field!
‐Fieldwork!!
‐Strangeness!and!familiarity!
‐Otherness!
‐Observation!
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3.$Ways$of$Anthropological$Knowing.$
‐Participant!observation!
‐Ways!of!anthropological!knowing!
‐Anthropology!as!empirical!
‐Ethnography!
‐Culture!
‐Kinship!
‐Objectivity/subjectivity!
‐Meaning!
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4.$Becoming$Strange$
‐Sound!blindness!
‐Alternating!sounds!
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‐Context!
‐Differential!threshold!
‐Anthropology’s!early!focus!on!‘primitive’!societies!
‐Defamiliarization!
‐Cultural!comparison!
‐Microculture!
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5.$S.F$(Speculative$Fabulation)$(Guest!Lecture!from!Professor!Nicholas!King)!
‐Speculative!fabulation!
‐Cultural!critique!
‐Anthropology!and!the!future!
‐Perception,!reality!and!context!
‐Science!fiction!as!allegory!
‐Making!the!strange!familiar!and!the!familiar!strange!
‐Culture!and!thought!and!its!relation!to!forgetting!
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THE$ANTHROPOLOGICAL$VOCATION!
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6.$The$Making$of$An$Anthropologist!
‐Ethnographic!present!
‐Navel!gazing!
‐Comprehension!of!self!via!detour!of!the!comprehension!of!the!other!
‐Anthropology!as!a!vocation!
‐Rootlessness!
‐Colonialism!
‐Power!relations!
‐Tradition!vs.!modernity!
‐Cultural!mediation!
‐Informant!
‐Friendship!
‐Anthropology!as!an!ethical!exploration!
‐Invented!traditions!and!authenticity!(e.g.,!the!drinking!tea!in!Morocco)!
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7.$Ethnographic$Fieldwork!
‐Fieldwork!as!a!method!
‐Ethnographic!fieldwork!
‐Relationship!of!fieldwork!to!theory!
‐Going!native!
‐Imponderabilia!of!actual!life!
‐Grasping!the!native’s!point!of!view!
‐Solidarity!
‐Anthropology’s!relation!to!colonialism!
‐Reflexivity!
‐Transference!
‐How!fieldwork!can!make!you!uncomfortable!
‐The!‘Other’!
‐Webs!of!signification!
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