-We take natural world qualities for granted
-Anthropologists take a step back from the natural attitude, taken-for-granted
assumptions of the world
-How did we get to the point in our existence where we accept this? That this is
just what people do
-There has been this whole process of socialization since we were infants
-Why do we think certain things are normative?
-Cultural anthropologiste don't begin from a point of acceptance
Destabilizing the taken-for-granted
-Take a step back and question what we know about humans
-Don't accept the accepted
Natural as conventional
Two fold task:
-Make strange familiar
-Learn about it, be open to that difference
-From that difference, take something away
-Human discomfort with change (emotional, physiological reaction)
• our unquestioned everyday experience of the world
-how do we come to take our existence for-granted?
-what happens when the taken-for-granted is challenged?
-violence can be a major response to change
-homophobia, racism, war, genocide, etc.
-ex: 9/11 -> almost a decade of war
Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities
Structure in the Early History of the Sandwich Islands Kingdom
-Captain James Cook on voyage of discovery
-history is coincidental: festival celebrating lono, not