SOC323H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Potlatch, False Consciousness, Antonio Gramsci
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January 21, 2015
•designed like mini essay so you can engage with reading
•Why should I care? Should answer this
•what the law actually means
•layers of “ the other”
•Pierre Bourdieu on expectations
•The Jury as representative of the community
•Marginality – what does it mean to be Canadian?
Loo’s typology on Law’s Power
•Law as coercion
•Law as symbol (ideology)
•Law as rhetoric
•Through the law, through understanding the law, the idea that Europeans are superior to
salvage races. The law was one way to elevate them, was a way of understanding the
•How do we study history? Why certain dates used? Why does the author pick certain
dates? Should have some understanding of why. Easy for someone to say homicide
tripled within 1992 and 1993 but there are times when we know that the homicide rate
fluctuates rapidly. If mapped out over 20-year period, will see relatively stable. This idea
of periodization. In historical context may seem nebulous. Be suspicious immediately
when you see dates especially in context of Loo’s law
•Loo’s Arguments (in Bute inlet)
- Crime helps reveal social identity
- How does the characteristics attributed to the other refract contrasting characteristics
of the self?
•What does the ‘self’ look like in Canada (historically and now?)
•What does the ‘other’ look like in Canada
- what is defined as terrorism? Simply someone going out of the way and doing mass
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killing? How is terrorism identified
- Charlie Hebdo attack – why is it terrorist?
- What gets defined as free speech? (hint: not the Burqa)
- This is all important to understanding the other and sustaining those divisions
- Jamaican Criminal (1990s) different context of crime when the Jamaican’s seen as
the other, not telling us anything about the Jamaican culture at all but about the ‘self’.
Loo gives us a framework to understanding them
- Missing/dead people – who gets the coverage? Think of rare even strange
kidnapping, which victims get more coverage?
- Any personal experiences (or witnessing) of being “other”?
•Trying to understand what community identity means at a particular moment/time
•Says not here to talk about the false certainty legal verdict – does not care if the judge
got it right or wrong
•Not there to tell us about the truth
•How the trail unfolds, what does that tell us about community identity? How does that
•Multiple examples of the other:
- Black offender and black victim – in one sense, both constructed as expendable, but
other things at play, suggest lots to be said about broader identity looking for
- National identity - used as an exception, look what British society has done,
recognized as race-less society
- The Circus – metaphor for trail for something that may seem common – circus
emblematic of chaos – it seems to upend the status quo but it is carefully controlled
…seems like you can change it
- Urban industrialization – Picton was this picture less place, world places where
people work hard – does Murray move beyond the exceptional case? Nothing seems
static, very influx, these are not fixed stable identities, are in constant negotiations
- Shorty acquitted – only appeared that status quo being questioned but the idea that
did nothing to remedy justice
- Loyalist parkway – idea of being loyal to British
Role of the exceptions to the rule
•What does they mean by this?
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