ANTH 2170 Lecture Notes - Biomedical Sciences, Malaria Vaccine, Androcentrism

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ANTH 2170 Lecture January 24th, 2013
The Biomedical Body
Modern medicine, scientific based medicine with a background in traditional approaches to the
body and from English and British backgrounds
Biomedicine as a major knowledge institution and as a way of understanding what is considered
“right” and “wrong
Recap of last week
Brief history of anthropology and the shift away from evolutionary thinking to the fieldwork
method and culture concept
The evolutionary theory Man the Hunter drew its inspiration from pre-existing social and
cultural beliefs about the differences between men and women.
o Excludes women from any contributions to society and the functioning of family
structures
Woman the Gatherer was a feminist counter model which argued that women's activities
gathering & sharing food were the source of important evolutionary changes such as
bipedalism, development of language, families formed around mothers and children, & non-
weapon technology
o Archaeologists didn’t think about women’s experiences at the time – androcentric view
o Women do hunt, and they always have hunted there is evidence that women do at
least half the hunting
Evolutionary and Animal models create “universalizing narratives” about human nature that
o Minimize the role of culture and society
o Ignore human diversity
o Project dominant, androcentric ideas into the past
Science is a social endeavour which takes much for granted as natural and it sees its own
common sense in animals
What are the implications of explaining cultural phenomena such as gender and race in terms of
biology or evolution?
o Scripts dictate how we live or are supposed to live if you don’t follow the script you
are considered deviant
o Career implications women and work, Family role implications men as more caring,
loving figure
Other Theories
o String Revolution
o Ethnographic Analogy
o Man the Scavenger
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Modern medicine, scientific based medicine with a background in traditional approaches to the body and from english and british backgrounds. Biomedicine as a major knowledge institution and as a way of understanding what is considered. Brief history of anthropology and the shift away from evolutionary thinking to the fieldwork method and culture concept. The evolutionary theory man the hunter drew its inspiration from pre-existing social and cultural beliefs about the differences between men and women: excludes women from any contributions to society and the functioning of family structures. Evolutionary and animal models create universalizing narratives about human nature that: minimize the role of culture and society. Ignore human diversity: project dominant, androcentric ideas into the past. Science is a social endeavour which takes much for granted as natural and it sees its own common sense in animals. Other theories: string revolution, ethnographic analogy, man the scavenger.

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