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Lecture 9

Lecture Nine: The Princess and the Fairy

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York University
ANTH 3240
Allyson Mitchell

Lecture Nine: The Princess and the Fairy November 9, 2011 Ideological State Apparatus - Louis Althusser ISAs - “realities” that function by ideology Ideology represents the imaginary relationship of individuals to their real conditions of existence - Consider the simulacra Ideology has a material existence - Think about how ideologies affect and shape our lives - Society makes the individual in its own image Ideology interpellates individuals as subjects - Social practices shape the way that we are - Refer to the Judith Butler reading - Society imposes on us our characteristics - Tells us what our personalities, limits and capabilities are Ideological Practice - comes from a variety of institutions called ideological state apparatuses, or ISA’s. This includes - The family - Media - Religious organizations - Education system We are shaped according to these ideological practices. Interpellation Society makes the individual in its own image How we are able to perceive of “ourselves” is not a given byt learned through established social practices. We “become” through various social practices Identity Formation Identity may be an illusion, but it is an illusion that works for someone people in a way that it does not work for others. ISA’s about sex, gender and racial differences determine what identities and authorities are available to who. The stakes of ideology are different depending on what position one occupies in the class structure, in terms of racializing practices and in terms of sexuality, disability ect Identity formation can be both enabling or disabling - These parameters are defined by where the person falls on the social hierarchy - The hierarchy is based on race, social status, gender and sexuality The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy The way in which certain characteristics are represented often determine what they are. - People do not necessarily become the things that they are called, but they see themselves as having the possibility to achieve a better status - People who are called negative things associate themselves with these negativities, or may not believe that they are capable of more Example Women today who considered themselves to be fat often state that they were fat all throughout their childhood, and that they were called fat or other like names. - When looking back at photos, they see that they were not fat as a child - Because the body was represented as being overweight, fat or too heavy, it interpolated (or BECAME) a fat body in the eyes of the child. The “Pinkification” of Girls Before the 1950s, baby dolls and domestic chore toys were popular for young girls. - There was an idea that girls should be introduced to their maternal instincts form a young age - There was also the idea that girls should be familiar with domestic and household duties After the women’s rights movement, there came a new toy for females: Barbie - She was different because she is/was a career oriented doll as opposed t
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