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ANTH 100A – Lecture 14 (October 30, 2013) Dr. Charles Menzies.docx

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ANTH 100
Charles Menzies

ANTH 100A – Lecture 14 (October 30, 2013) Dr. Charles Menzies Agenda • social construction of meaning • Somewhere in Between - a documentary • Mid-term overview Social Construction of Meaning • How do people determine who they are, and how do they communicate who they think they are to others? ◦ to a large extent, meaning is meaningless if you’re not communicating it ◦ you can’t have a society of one person; if there’s no one else to hear ideas, they don’t exist ◦ Anthropologists write about meaning, depict in photographs, films ▪ some involved in sociological things like gender (like Margaret Mead) ◦ way we express meaning is socially constructed ▪ example: males only become men when they consume semen of an older man ◦ in points of intense crisis, behaviours change ▪ tells anthropologists about expected norms ◦ standard model - a male untreated remains neutral or possibly female; you have to become a man Self and Others • As we become who we are, we learn how we stand in relation to others. We learn how we relate to others as son, daughter, student, friend, or lover. • individuals arrive at a destination and become ourselves, but as we shift, our identities shift and relationships shift ◦ some are temporal - shift through time ◦ others are situational - difference from being a prof to being a runner to being a dad/son ◦ there is no solid role of what gender identity is ◦ what pe
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