Class Notes (838,386)
United States (325,381)
ANTH 1A (11)
Lecture 10

ANTH 1A Lecture 10: Final Review 1
Premium

3 Pages
79 Views
Unlock Document

Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTH 1A
Professor
Anjaria Ulka
Semester
Spring

Description
Modesty, agency and veiling: ● Modesty is seen as a means of demonstrating control of normal passions and the taming of the uncontrollable ● Hiding one’s sexuality shows self mastery ○ Acceptable way to do this is to channel into poems ● The higher the class, the more veiling women are expected to have, because the more honor is seen as being at stake ● Women who work as street vendors saw wearing a burqa as “aspirational” ○ Don’t have the luxury to remove and protect yourself from society like that ● Eurocentric myth: modesty equates docility ○ Allows women freedom of movement and observation in public spaces, so they don’t have to remain in the home Sources of honor in Bedouin society: ● Honor is central to sense of self ● Sources of honor: independence and autonomy for the collective ○ Sense of identity as resisting the Egyptian state ● Demonstrating self control through modesty, because it is the taming of the uncontrollable ○ Moral worth is connected to one’s relationship to natural passions and functions ● Sexuality is understood as something good, but powerful and must be contained ● Expressing emotions as poetry is honorable because it shows self-mastery and persuasion ● The higher the class, the more veiling women are expected to have, because the more honor is seen as being at stake Ghinnawa poetry: ● Not “folklore” or high art ● Allows women to have an outlet for their emotions where they can be a) expressed b) validated ○ Fayga’s brother-in-law recognized her unhappiness was genuine and not just dramatic through her poems ● Helps them to navigate complex codes to retain agency ● Constant friction between love and conservativeness ● Culturally appropriate way of communicating transgressive sentiments ● Allows women to bond in their private spaces ● Retains a semblance of anonymity since context is required to understand who said what ○ Which is why Lila was scolded for sharing who told her the poetry she had repeated ● Formal structure frames it as a universal experience Bedouin ideology of kinship: ● Kinship: system of meaning that people created to determine who’s related to whom and to define mutual expectations, rights, and responsibilities ● Patrilineal parallel cousin marriages encouraged ○ Keeps women within the same tribe and a man knows if he marries a woman from his family, she will have the same priorities and concerns as he does ○ Arranged marriages focus on the continuation of the kinship group; marriage is a symbol of commitment to the larger group ■ Love and intimacy come after marriage ● Worth is related to the honor of the bloodline ● Honor is related to moral qualities, like the relations between the sexes which is what creates such a large emphasis on modesty ● Kinship terms can reflect attitudes toward relations ○ Ex. in America, kin terms only describe generation and gender. Bedouin kinship terms also reflect which side of the fam
More Less

Related notes for ANTH 1A

Log In


OR

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


OR

By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.


Submit