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ANT 363 - July 22nd, 2013 - .doc

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Possible sample question for midterm: Compare this article with the 2 nd article. Topic // The Politics of Witchcraft, Sorcery, and Magic Reading #1 - Argyrou (1993) Under a Spell: The Strategic Use of Magic in Greek Cypriot Society • What are mayia, maghos, and mayissa? Answer: magic, male magician and female magician. It is rooted from Persia. Maghos is the town in where the research from this article was done. • What is the story of Maroula & her husband? Answer: There was a quarrel between Maroula and her husband and usually gossip escalates when this happens. The gossip was directed towards Maroula and her mother by the town as the source of the quarrel between her and her husband. Maroula married a man who was a “star student”. In essence the husbands mother wanted her son to marry a good girl but her son married Maroula who was poor from a large family. A charm was later found under the marital bed that was said to have “betwitched” the husband which led to the quarrel between Maroula and her husband. • What is the story of Yianoulla & Theodoros? Answer: Yianoulla was an adopter daughter and the daughter-in-law of a family. She was then married to the son of the family, Theodoros. Theodoros eventually got a job and made time to have a child with Yianoulla but leaves her for another woman. Yianoulla seeked out “maghos” a magician and it turns out that her husband was bewitched. Yianoulla’s actions changed the community’s view on gossip. The magician in this story was claimed to be a Christian so therefore they were accepted in this type of community. • What are Argyrou’s methods of study? Answer: Argyrou’s two methods of study are: 1. Basic anthropological fieldwork 2. and using himself as a native conformant, getting and pursuing his PhD Colonial Anthropology // look up • What is the significance of habitus ? Answer: Habitus: patterns of behavior deeply rooted and routine , essentially practical and non contemplated patterns of behavior. “The definition of acceptability (what is acceptable to the social group) is found not in the situation but in the relationship between a market [field] and a habitus, which itself is the product of the whole history of its relations with markets.” (Bourdieu, 1991: 81) Habitus is “a set of dispositions which incline agents to act and react in certain ways. The dispositions ge
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