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Department
Anthropology
Course
Anthropology 1020E
Professor
Andrew Walsh
Semester
Winter

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Family and Identity Wednesday, October 17, 2012 11:25 PM WS: Finishing up with patterns of family relations, Identity: Who are you? -what makes us as individuals in relation to others -focus only on pp. 266-270, re. the work of Paul Farmer For Monday: for exam: real all chapters 1-6 and pages 266-270 on chapter 7 (Paul Farmer) -movie on Monday: take notes, its on exam -BL, SL: American kinship (1968) -focuses on classic case studies of patterns of families, and how we can use these in comparison with one another to understand the way humans relate to one another as family/kin -these studies are well used in the study of other people (Chinese farmers, Trobrianders gatherers) -we’re trying to make sense of the way other people organize their families, the assumption being we organize ourselves ‘normally’ -thought that we have evolved the most, so we’re the correct one -we view kinships as the biological way we are related -fits with a rational thought Schinieder: upset with this approach, upset at the way -patterns of family relations in the United states, he applied this method to the united states instead of Trobriand islanders and so on -described the idea that Americans in the 1960 understand relatedness to be primarily about shard biogenetic stuff -not just about genes and genetics but also about the way we talk about families -blood relative: biological relationship, someone adop
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