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ANTA02H3 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Moral Relativism, Cultural Relativism, Scantron Corporation

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ANTA02, Winter 2016
Midterm Study Guide
The format of the midterm is multiple choice. It will take place in your regularly scheduled
lecture on Feb. 22 or 23. You MUST bring your UTOR id card (and another photo id if your
photo is blurry), and you will need to know your student id number. Bring a couple of #2 pencils
for the scantron. If you miss the exam without a doctor’s note and a compelling reason, you will
receive a zero on it.
To be prepared for this exam, you must have completed all the course readings from weeks 2-6
(inclusive), and be sure you understand the main arguments (the “gist”) of each of them. Review
your lecture notes. You won’t be quizzed on really nitty-gritty details like dates from either
lectures or readings, but I do expect you to be able to prove having read and understood the
In addition, you should have at least a basic understanding of the following list of key concepts,
most of which were discussed in lecture and many of which come from the readings as well. This
is not a complete list of everything you will find on the exam, but it serves as a guideline and I
can guarantee some of these concepts will appear on the midterm. Review this in advance of the
exam: if you need help understanding any of these concepts, please see your TA in their week 6
office hours.
No memory aids, crib/cheat sheets, or readings will be permitted in the exam.
Key Concepts:
armchair anthropology (lecture)
participant observation
“denaturalizing” something
cultural relativism
moral relativism
culture (definitions of it)
metalanguage, metalinguistic commentary
language prescriptivism
language registers
ethnographer as a positioned subject
the 4 (or 5) fields of anthropology
the cultural “logic” or rationale of a practice
emotional force
hydraulic model of emotions
emotional economy
“loss of community” (Wesch film)
internet authenticity crisis (Wesch film)
“ethnographic dazzle”
two sides of the same coin (Fox)
“grammar” of a culture
cultural “reflexes”
class system in England, class aspirations
social dis-ease
“ironic gnome rule”
“importance of not being earnest rule”
critiques of Fox’s book (lecture)
thick description
Ryles’ wink
“emotional force”
Mauss, Maussian gifts
“total social fact” (lecture)
“there’s no such thing as a free gift”
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