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Lecture 10

Lecture 10 - Oct.9th

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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTH 227
Professor
Tobias Rees
Semester
Fall

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What is a Script Determines what actors say Organize anthropological encounter with medicine Goal of the lecture is to come up with the inventory of major scripts Like the Dictionnaire des Idées Reçues Determines attention Analytical or moral Prevents curiosity Because it prescribes ways of knowing Establishes limits They negate the freedom thought stands for You don't think for yourself Researchers follow scripts rather than do research? Dependent variable Anti-intellectual orientation Value or affect based No new genuine knowledge New one is only possible when scripts get derailed The challenge is to produce it Aesthetic promise of ethnography Anthro is thus the worst science to operate with scripts Experience is a theory Not something given that everyone knows Recognize the logical local histories behind concepts This promise requires genuine inquiry Exploration of the open, not yet thought of, the not yet known Scripts vs singularity Scripts reduce the singular to the general Singularity always breaks down scripts Important to capture the singular first We need to know scripts in order to break them and discover new things 1. Bellagio, Rockefeller Foundation 1993 Kleinman invited a huge group Anthro of med vs med of anthro Result 1996 Daedalus issue on social suffering Published as a book in 1997 2. What is social suffering all about? How does the social suffering script determine approach and attention Bring into a single space an assemblage of human problems Suffering is the focus, it's a human problem, as caused by social force (and its impact on experiences) Health is a moral vernacular Kind of medical existentialism 3. What is and what causes social suffering What political, economic, and institutional power does to people How they also respond to social suffering e.g. Chernobyl Damaged biology - misery What life is like after The bureaucratic response of Ukraine gives rise to novel social groupings bound by hopes, fears, fates, and politics that hav
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