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University of Waterloo
ANTH 100
Jennifer Liu

ANTH 102 Chapter 8: Political and Legal Systems FEB 27 DeMello “The Convict Body” - Anthropology of the body “if the physical body serves as site on gender, ethnicity, class are symbolically marked tattoos…create the cultural body…creating and maintaining specific social boundaries” Different subcultures of Tattoo Culture 1. Professional 2. Semi professional 3. Street 4. Prison  Specific types of common themes/images on prisoner bodies. Ex: tears, barbed wires, gang symbols  Paid by with drugs  DIY tattoos with needles and black ink  Convict (antagonist towards authority, demands respect, gets tattooed because it is illegal) vs. inmate (model, good behavioral prisoner)  Tattoo becomes marker of convict identity/self-respect  “Expresses social division, but helps produce meaning in lives. Provides convict to join new community” Political Anthropology - addressing behavior/though related to public power - Studying pro-ana websites and if they should be legal Legal Anthropology - Socially accepted ways of maintaining social order and resolving conflict 3 aspects of political leadership 1. Power  Bring results through possession/forceful means  A prince, dictator, doctors, police, PM’s 2. Authority  Achieved/ascribed status  Boss, military personnel, religious leaders
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