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Girish Daswani

Lecture 12: 01-04-12 Final exam: worth 40%- 2 hours (2-4)—1 hr each (or 15 minutes each for SA and 45 minutes for long essay)  2 sections: o 1: short answer (answer 5/7 worth 5 marks each- 25 marks)- half a page (if you talk about an idea, say why you are mentioning about the question)- don’t mention personal experiences o 2: essay question: 1/3 (15 marks) ---1 question will be about ethnography (other 2 based on 2 themes in the course) ---length? Around 3 pages single spaced  Gender, politics, globalization in the Dominican republic and class, gender and race  Global capitalism and labour: sugar plantation and tourism  Race: Haiti and Dominican Republic Culture, Politics and Globalization:  What is globalization? Assumptions and debates  Limitations. Why is it uneven and awkward process? Not homogenous or evenly distributed.  Arjun Appadurai-“Disjunction (idea of separation- culture is not bound to a place it is moving)” or scapes (scapes are doing something that culture as a concept not doing--- assumptions of culture? Culture is something that is bounded or unchanging whereas scapes can be changing and the perspectives also change, perspective of landscape depends on where you are standing)  Possible question: what is globalization and its limits? General assumptions:  Dissolving barriers like time and distance (time-space compression due to technological progress)  Makes political border increasingly irrelevant (borderless world)---nation states and borders do apply (people coming from Haiti to Dominican Republic)  Hybridization of cultures and increasing mixing of peoples  Intensification of connections between different parts of the world and out increasing consciousness of this development What do anthropologists study (part of a question):  What happens when “Globalization” lands  They analyze the assumptions  Politics of place and boundary making (culture and cultural identity are debated and negotiated)?  The importance of social context (social changes are situated and experiences different, not homogenous)?  Just because the movies are watched both in Nigeria and India, it doesn’t mean they are interpreted the same way (it means something in India and another thing Nigeria)  What kinds of new differences and inequalities arise (social inequalities that arise and strategies of resistance)?  Local interpretation/translation (cultural ways of interpretation)?  How are the past and the future re-imagined?  Contradictions between what people say and what people do. o I am FOR gay marriage but if my son or daughter is gay then I will be very upset Appadurai and Imagination  “The world we live in today is characterized by a new role for the imagination in social life” pg. 31  Appadurai points out that there is something new and critical in global cultural processes- “the imagination as a social practice” (ibid)  Imagination plays a key role in creating and maintaining forms of id
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