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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTH 103
Professor
Rahul Sirohi
Semester
Spring

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Oct 2 Lecture 10/02/2013 “culture is the learned and shared knowledge that people use to generate behavior and interpret  experience” ­From Spradley and McCurdy What is not universal: The idea that men’s sexual urges are stronger or more uncontrollable than women’s The idea that sex should be linked to reproduction That sex is about desire (Etoro, PPNG, adolescent boys engage in oral sex with maternal uncles creates  the foundations for later heterosexual desire The experience of sexual pleasure (FGM) Incest and age taboos (First cousins) Adultery and multiple partners Appropriate age for sexuality (from youth to old age) Kinship The complex system of culturally defined social relationships based on marriage and birth (McCurdy and  Spradley) “Fictive kinship” includes kinship ties not based on marriage or blood/birth (foster parenting or adoption,  common­law, godparents)  Basic terminology: Patrilineal descent­links relatives through the male line Matrilineal descent­links relatives through the female line Bilateral descent­links relatives through both lines Family: Family­ “a kin group consisting of at least one married couple sharing the same residence with their children  and performing, sexual, reproductive, economic and educational functions” Expanded notion of family: Can include fictive kind relationships that may or may not include children and reproductive functions Often include sharing of ma
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