Anthropology 9: Culture and Society - Lecture 4 Notes

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University of California - Los Angeles
Jason Throop

What is the goal then, if it isn't to become the other? Prof. Angela Garcia (UCI) -attempt to historicize heroin addiction (understand it in broader economical, historical context) Becoming Other to Oneself -We need to step out and see that everything we do unreflectively, is a product of our socialization -There's something deeply embedded in me that's the other, comes from society (i.e. head nodding - head bowing) -->A piece of history curtailed into unconscious actions Seeing the Other as Another Self -Viewing "the other" as a person, who has hopes, dreams, prejudices, etc. as we do -They aren't a stereotype, but a fully complex being Ethnography is about contexualization in the broadest sense Trying to understand political, economical life, values, emotions, etc., in relation of each other Qualitative experiences Imagining a New Form of Care (Seeing the Other as Another Self) -People are more than just the moralized/demonized versions of their addiction -"utterly human" -Before judging and morally assessing, just pause Institutions vs. The Everyday (Becoming Other to Oneself) -Centers have the ability to sever familiar ties -What becomes normative/accepted is deeply integrated into the institution Effort to see what was previously concealed (Historical and cultural roots of our existence) -The tension helps us see our own cultural condition Anthropological Perspective: -Reveal the cultural roots of our own and others existence -See by means of difference our shared humanity The Boasian Legacy: Race, Culture and Evolution Franz Boas (1858-1942) -Personal experience with being marginalized and prejudiced (Jewish/German immigrant) -In the beginning the idea of multiple cultures was a solely anthropological idea Culture • Different communities have different cultures • "We" have culture too! How to Interpret Difference? • Previously, we understood cultural difference, but we saw it as Us vs. Them Markers of Difference: -physical appearance -language -geographical location -age, sex, sexuality, etc. ^exposed how others are "different" from "us" • Many people around the world have names for themselves (eg. Inuit="People") "people" as an exclusive (not inclusive category) "Not-As-Human-As-Us" • A diminishing of humanity • Terms used: "animal-like", "savage", "primitive", "terrorists", etc.
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