29 Nov 10
Reading – Amitav Ghosh: Manuscripts from 12 century, correspondence from
Jewish Merchant and brother travelling from Egypt to India. Knowing slave from
India contributed to trade in Egypt, legitimized his desire to do anthropological work
Note depth of historical analysis, back to the middle ages.
Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard Amitav Ghosh
English (Member of Colonizing Nation) (India) Post-colonial subject
Works in Colonial Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 1980s Egypt
1930s-40 Major Political Event: First
Political Event: WW2 Gulph War
Theoretical concerns: Structural- Theoretical Concerns: Historical agency,
Functionalism reflexivity (thinking out loud about your
relationship with others, presence and
Looks at the role of institutions for the conversations cause you to reflect on
maintenance of equilibrium cultural and social processes you are
Understands feud as a political
institution that resolves social conflict Looks at Historical and Social Change:
Conflict, contradiction and paradox
Focuses on cultural reproduction
Understands power and privilege,
Culture in unitary and homogenous conflicts that destroy community
Focuses on social change.
Goal is to understand society or culture
in entirety, as a system. Culture is contested.
Knowledge tries to be objective. Goal is to capture a moment in time, to
see how cultural identities shift.