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Lecture 14

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McGill University
ANTH 227
Tobias Rees

Intro This is a serious class Serious, honest, work Read articles, then go to class and make links Class is not textbook based, nothing to memorize It's all about thinking Prof Rees does not want definitions of concepts Scripts Conceptual interrelations that organize the research of those who use a given system A set of links between the key concepts that you can draw up Conceptual variation Concepts have logical scaffolds that organize them They change and mutate (the links between the elements mutate) e.g. society Das, Bourgois and Schonberg, and Biehl see it differently --> your job to talk about that in your block assignment e.g. International health sees society as nation-based You are a Canadian/American/Malian/Chinese/etc, that's it It's only as a member of a nation that you have some dignity e.g. Global health sees society as the sum of individuals Each person on its own matters Addressing aids to help people that have aids, not to aid a nation (like intl health) You need to think about thinking Not repeat what Prof Rees said in lecture Block III - Feminist anthropological engagements of medicine Genealogical approach David Schneider's American Kinship Soldier of WWII Book was a major event Kinship as a cultural system Opposite to what was thought: kinship was social Old social analysis 18th century, Europeans arranged societies on a timeline from premodern to modern Societal organization Anthropologists asked: "What forms can society take" British assumed early societies were kin based Can we make up a table of all forms social relations can take? Compared groups from all around the world SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY Political impulse Curiosity for anarchy Hobbes was wrong? Radcliffe-Brown to abolish states after seeing that society can still be peaceful without the label state A provocation 80 years of saying kinship was social In American culture, kinship is (not his opinion, that of t
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