ANTB20 Globalization, Culture, & Politics
Lecture 8 Global Love and Marriage
- The second paper is due in a few weeks. Have to construct one’s own essay question and feedback is
given online, there is a power point on how to construct an argument. Would like us to be creative on
the question and assignment, what are you interested in, not just tell us what to write about. Have
time to consult with the TA whether the question is one that can be approved on or is fine to go
ahead with. It is about deconstructing the analyzing the ideas of globalization, define globalization,
and do not have to agree with these definitions but can be used to link to larger questions about
globalization. Words like gender and labor are concepts and explain what you mean, when you use
the word orientalism, explain it. Express upon the reader the knowledge you have gained in the class
through definition of concepts one uses in the paper.
- One can start with a larger theme such as being interested in gender and globalization, but one must
ask a question linking this theme. Can look at families and how globalization affects how women take
care of their families through movement and labor. How does globalization affect women and the
family? One can go on to say, I am focusing on A, B, and C. one can be broad in saying how women
experience globalization in the DR. Or why is the informal economy important in considering
globalization. Can say whom one is drawing on: papers discussed in class.
Themes in anthropology of today’s class: exchange, personhood, and/ the link of the individual and social
being as a part of a group. There are more ways of connecting to other people.
What is love? - my definition: an intense emotional connection between people.
- investment (finance/emotions)
- gradual vs. instant
Romeo & Juliet- ended in tragedy but example of how you sacrifice for the person you love, you give
everything and do not expect anything back in return, the gift of giving love is enough.
Arrange marriages- type of love where you do not fall in love with someone but learn to love someone over
time. Parents meet girl/ parents meet boy, everyone collectively agrees that boy and girl should be married.
In some societies it is easier for the men to be divorced than the women. There is a word, if you say it 3 times
you are saying you are separating from your partner.
Is love about the individual or the collective community, it is about expectations or is it free? Is there
exchange involved and what kind of exchange is involved? It is a form of surrender? We know that it can
wound, it can hurt. Expectations when not met can lead to dissatisfaction, can lead to grief. The whole idea of
love being free or being voluntary or being about two individuals is based on a misunderstanding but a
culturally constructed one.
Is marriage a legal contract between equal partners?
It is about two partners, may not be equal? Is it about two individuals or families coming together?
It can be about both.
Is it about money or love? ‘I don’t care too much for money, Monday can’t buy me love’ – Beatles
Money can buy you love in some situations. Love involves money, politics, individuals, families, emotions,
economics, and law.
- In many societies, marriage is about two families coming together, not about two individuals coming
together. Why is it important about two families coming together?
- It is about continuity in terms of status, class, and reputation.
- The transference of wealth is an important aspect of marriage and what is involved in what we call
- The idea and class and status is what anthropologists have thought about kinship.
- Why is kinship cultural as opposed to natural?
- Kinship is cultural, but what would be natural compared to kinship?
- What is natural is people having sex with one another, but what determines who you do or do not
have sex with is a cultural rule. If we give into the desire to have sex with anyone, then there wi