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University of Toronto Mississauga
Dylan Clark

- Clothing and colour and how it means different things; how colour represent certain things or events - Emotions are different and displayed differently depending on certain events that happens to you - Different cuisines and food - Different system of law - In Canada, hopefully there’s no one group that dominates each other, there are different groups in this multicultural country in which we recognize each other’s differences but also see similarities amongst all the people - Look past differences and see sameness; anthropologists look past gender, race, age, look past all that to find sameness that unifies people together - “Years ago, I recognize my kinship with all living being, and i’m not one bit better than the meanest of poorest, .......I am not free” - Song in the middle of the cold war: “we share the same biology regardless of the ideology...” - Beneath all the differences, and there’s sameness; many differences categories can be arbitrary - We see arbitrariness within the categories but we failed to see the arbitrariness of the categories themselves - Perhaps law and money are essential in experience, male and female are fundamental; categories themselves are confirmed by the diversity; prof argues that this is how the dominant culture dominate others and think that these categories are true and rank the different groups through their own lens - Categories confirmed themselves can then be ranked: one person drinks scotch while watching opera on a Saturday night while someone else watches wrestling drinking beer on a Saturday night; both involves drinking alcohol so there’s the similarity, but the first person would be ranked higher because of that category of what they do - Consumerism for the upper classes; prove the naturalness of their rank by their commodities - In the years that has past, many manufactured items can be obtained by many people; a way for all people to use their subjectivity - While the elite were using taste to symbolically locate themselves in the cultural field and distinguish themselves as better and changing the equality; using commodity to write on body; using sets of signifiers, using clothing to set the substance within; to speak the essential truth that one has so much to rule over others; the fixity of one’s eliteness by proving one’s status - The idea of the economic man; the belief that human nature is destined and at its finest to be rational and maximizer of wealth and to want as much as possible and naturally profit seeking and exploit others to get what it wants; the essence of economic man; thus society has to cope with what human beings are; to punish people when transgressed; we’re all hunted by our innate violence - Greed is foundational, self interest; the state of nature of the state of nature is the life of man is short, brutish, nasty, the state is liberty (Hobb quote)? - Anthropologists want to argue against this view of “human nature” by comparing to the Kaluli who are social and dependent on one another - Is greed, gluttony really categorize our species; how does
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