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SOSA 2502 Midterm: Mid-Term Exam Review
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Soc & Social Anthropology
Course Code
SOSA 2502
Professor
Emma Whelan

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Mid-Term Exam Review
Format
Multiple choice and long answer
40 marks
Concepts and theories
Important people
Info that has been repeated
Info in bold
Readings: text book chapters and case studies
Material
Technological determinism: argument that technology precedes and drives social
development; technology can be intrinsically oppressive or liberating
Nature vs. culture in biomedical model: nothing about medical knowledge is culture
laden; but there are many critiques to this
AIDS is a social construction:
o Our knowledge of AIDS is social
o 3rd position: cannot distinguish between AIDS itself and our knowledge of
AIDS, and AIDS knowledge is purely social so refuting the position of
positivism that we can directly access nature
Positivism: have faith in science because you can directly access nature, positive
knowledge of the world; proposition between the faith and reality, the root to true
knowledge of reality through science
Picture of fetus: is affected by society and thus affects us; society influences
technology and then technology influences society gives new importance to the
pro-life movement because it shows fetus as a separate thing from the mother that
can have
Foucault:
o Marx: power is something you have
o Foucault: power is a relationship within positions in society
o Wherever there is power there is resistance looks at subtle forms of power
(Panopticon example being watched so you come to watch yourself)
o Resistance: doing anything unexpected; refuse what we are being classified
as in the society we live in; refusing the categories that are placed upon us
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Mid-Term Exam Review Format 1. Multiple choice and long answer 2. 40 marks 3. Concepts and theories 4. Important people 5. Info that has been repeated 6. Info in bold 7. Readings: text book chapters and case studies • • Material 1. Technological determinism: argument that technology precedes and drives social development; technology can be intrinsically oppressive or liberating 2. Nature vs. culture in biomedical model: nothing about medical knowledge is culture laden; but there are many critiques to this 3. AIDS is a social construction: 1. Our knowledge of AIDS is social rd 2. 3 position: cannot distinguish between AIDS itself and our knowledge of AIDS, and AIDS knowledge is purely social so refuting the position of positivism that we can directly access nature 4. Positivism: have faith in science because you can directly access nature, positive knowledge of the world; proposition between the faith and reality, the root to true knowledge of reality through science 5. Picture of fetus: is affected by society and thus affects us; society influences technology and then technology influences society – gives new importance to the pro-life movement because it shows fetus as a separate thing from the mother that can have 6. Foucault: 1. Marx: power is something you have 2. Foucault: power is a relationship within positions in society 3. Wherever there is power there is resistance – looks at subtle forms of power (Panopticon example – being watched so you come to watch yourself) 4. Resistance: doing anything unexpected; refuse what we are being classified as in
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