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Western University
Anthropology 2255E
Sherry Larkin

Unit One: On page 13, they speak of the Marxist-inspired evolutionist paradigm for understanding the roles of women cross-culturally that is done by directly comparing the status of women with the situations of women in cultures with "simpler economic and political systems". I find it hard for me to get past thinking that we are almost doing ourselves a disservice by comparing women like this. While yes, women can relate on a more basic and biological levels, but I myself would have a hard time identifying with a woman from a different culture, political system and a completely different set of historical backgrounds. Although I do see the point in cross-cultural studies to see if there are patterns, I would be wary of too many comparisons that are hiding the unique sets of characteristics that makes women 'women' in all different cultures. After reading this, I found myself siding more with the universal asymmetry approach towards the study of women. Unit Two: Up until I started to take more anthropology courses and become more aware of specific research, I had thought of the field of anthropology as a very neutral one; with lots of ground-work in equality and unbiased research as well as an unbiased thought process. As much as the field appears to be neutral, it is quickly learned that that is not the case. This introductory chapter really opened by eyes to how it feels to be a minority woman in a field so known for its patriarchal fathers. On pg. 15, they write about the anxiety women anthropologists felt when trying to put out their research and thoughts. I find it to be quite ironic that a field that is supposed to be encompassing of a wide range of cultural characteristics, is creating the notion of "the other" right within itself. Unit Three: As I came near to the end of chapter five, I found myself questioning what anthropology really incorporates? In this chapter especially I found examples and references to psychology, sociology, the world of writing, art, science and political spheres as well. I question, where does anthropology draw the line between all of these aspects - or does it? I have heard debates in previous anthropology courses that pick sides between anthropology as a humanity or a social science. When confronted with this debate, my thoughts formulated somewhere in between the two. I see no reason as to why the field of anthropology must decide to represent either of the two sides, rather I find it to be more important and useful that we as anthropologists utilize both the humanities and the social science
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