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Off The Verandah

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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTH 2160
Professor
D Rose
Semester
Winter

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Movie NotesViewing Guidelines for Off the Verandah1What are Malinowskis methodological premises ie what constitutes participant observation How did this change anthropology as an academic disciplineImmersed himself in every detail of their life became a participant observerExperiencing their values Speaking their languageStaying there for a long time left his home with colonists and set up camp in the locals WW1 broke out and Malinowski was stuck on the islands for years instead of monthsdecided that anthropology should be based on what people say they do but by what you observe them doingth2At the beginning of the 20 century anthropologists often wrote about the people they worked with as if the people lived in an isolated community far removed from civilization Take note of the moments in the documentary where Malinowski does this Take note too of any evidence that this is something of a fictionkula kick started the idea that indigenous or locals were not primitive savages but complex and sophisticated peoples just like us tattoomedals kula shellscrown jewels sporting trophies shamanismreligion he sophisticated the savage and savaged the sophisticated beleived that these cultural similarities were globally universalsupported by functionalism humanity was the same the world over3What is Malinowskis theory of functionalism How does this differ from the earlier evolutionary theories that had been popular in anthropological circles How does the principle of holism apply to this theoretical perspective ie functionalismin which the culture functions to fulfil the biological and psychological needs of the societyeveryone everywhere is driven by the same passions hunger emotion sex etc all human cultures had a purpose every custom served a function in society every ritual supported our basic needs4Pay attention to the kula ring and to the material on magic How do anthropologists determine which parts of lifeculturesociety to write about
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