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ANTH 1120 Lecture 3: ANTH 1120 01/27/16
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Winter 2016

Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANTH 1120
Professor
Christianne Stephens
Lecture
3

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ANTH 1120: Experiences of Downsizing
January 27, 2016
Take home:
Social and Cultural Construction: means that things are not
naturally” constructed, they are constructed through practice; refers
how our practices and ideas are build up on what we say and what we
do.
Why did losing their factory jobs a$ect Rustbelt men’s masculinity?
How did losing their factory jobs a$ect Rustbelt men’s masculinity?
Construction of masculinity and job – how and why they are
connected?
Rustbelt Revival
Global and Mail article:
oCleveland Ohio
oPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
oGrand Rapids, Michigan
oAllentown, Pennsylvania
oAkron, Ohio
Places the author visited; all these towns are much larger than
Windsor, London, St Catherines.
Less resources available, high degree of economic risks:
o US relied heavily on company’s donations;
o Trying to make enough spots so young people will live there;
o Role of university in economy (eg. MITACS = internships)
Meanwhile, state of emergency in Flint, Michigan  due to water
crisis. The state started getting water to the river (coercive water) and
exposed lead on water pipeline = LEAD POISONING.
Terms:
Social Strati+cation and Social Hierarchy
oStrati+cation: the process of the creation of the hierarchy;
forming layers and categories of people
oHierarchy: strict level in society (ordering of the levels)
Eg. Gender, class, ethnicity, race
Sex vs. Gender: by saying that gender is constructed, means it is not
automatic ideas. We build them up by learning them, using them, and
teaching other people. Gender is build up di$erently in di$erent places.

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ANTH 1120: Experiences of Downsizing January 27, 2016 Take home:  Social and Cultural Construction: means that things are not “naturally” constructed, they are constructed through practice; refers how our practices and ideas are build up on what we say and what we do.  Why did losing their factory jobs affect Rustbelt men’s masculinity?  How did losing their factory jobs affect Rustbelt men’s masculinity? Construction of masculinity and job – how and why they are connected? Rustbelt Revival  Global and Mail article: o Cleveland Ohio o Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania o Grand Rapids, Michigan o Allentown, Pennsylvania o Akron, Ohio  Places the author visited; all these towns are much larger than Windsor, London, St Catherines.  Less resources available, high degree of economic risks: o US relied heavily on company’s donations; o Trying to make enough spots so young people will live there; o Role of university in economy (eg. MITACS = internships)  Meanwhile, state of emergency in Flint, Michigan  due to water crisis. The state started getting water to the river (coercive water) and exposed lead on water pipeline = LEAD POISONING. Terms:  Social Stratification and Social Hierarchy o Stratification: the process of the creation of the hierarchy; forming layers and categories of people o Hierarchy: strict level in society (ordering of the levels)  Eg. Gender, class, ethnicity, race  Sex vs. Gender: by saying that gender is constructed, means it is not automatic ideas. We build them up by learning them, using them, and teaching other people. Gender is build up differently in different places. Ideas change over time – historical transformation, vary cross- culturally.  Gender Stratification & Hegemonic Masculinity: gender privilege, not the same among men. What do we learn from Fat Talk that we can apply to the factory men who lose their jobs?  Fat Talk: women talking about dieting, etc (textbook reading)  Readings: They talked about their bodies no matter what size they were, and they need to diet to fit into the “thin idea” of perfect body.  Article: Instead of body, they talked about their jobs and roles (as father) to fulfill, “the breadwinner ideal”. DOWNSIZING  A business strategy reducing the number of employees (Laid-of: temporary; Downsizing: permanent)  Easy way to downsize is just to fire workers  Lean & Mean Management: regardless of workers’ loyalty where companies try to find “continuous improvement”  Ethnics of outsourcing (Neoliberal): the employers are able to leave is based on the neoliberal ideology.  Article: none of workers were hired again, instead they moved to work to another location. What happens when the factory man meets job loss through deindustrialization?  Hegemonic Masculinity: a form/privilege even though it moves or shifts overtime  Fordist Identity 
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