DTS200Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Imagined Community, Transnationalism

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13 Dec 2012
DTS200 Lecture 2
Guest lecture
Thurs 1-3 JHB100A
Oct 23 250 word essay
How does the study of diaspora and transnationalism provide a different perspective on the
Social imaginary how people imagine their social surroundings/existance in images, stories and
legends. Ex. borders don’t actually exist on a map.
Igor Stravinsky: certain assumptions that go into making (ex. maps art etc.) things that
dominates early 20th century thought.
Loud percussion moments which signify closure, glorification of some parts.
He is conducting, everyone is following him. Clear borders to all the sounds. Marks sharp
distinctions between sounds. Similar to social imaginary.
Picasso: factory 1909. Cubism. Over exaggeration of units. Bright borders, with clean cut lines.
Sassure the way language works is by distinction by difference. A sound image gets
connected with a concept and that’s how language works.
Core of anthropology why are the tribes and nations of the world different and how have the
present differences developed?
Understanding of difference.
Representations in the social sciences and humanities are dependent upon images of break
rupture and disjunction.
The fact that people can divide the world with such clarity is a cultural accomplishment
Major effect is that there has been established an isomorphic relationship bw nation place and
If the social sciences have been driven by breakage, than the result is that there is a one to one
relationship between nation and place
We assume that if we want to study Brazilians, we go to brazil.
We think certain cultures only exist in certain places and think that brazilian culture ends right at
the border
Methodological nationalism centre is working against this
Assumption that the nation state society Is the natural social and political form of the modern
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