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Lecture Ten: Wrap Up April 5, 2011
What can we do as Anthropologists
•Solving three kinds of 'problems'
oBehaviour: Ethnography; what do they do
oConcepts: Analysis; what does it mean
oCulture: Theory ; why do they do it
•Business, citizenship, Immigration, Social planning, etc. research
•Practical applications of ethnography
•Anthropology for a broader audience
Article on Katrina as an example of Public Anthropology
•Used this specific event to understand the political/social/economic structures
oLevies broke, flooding the poorest neighborhoods, couldn't get out/lost
oExplanations for why these individuals didn't leave were that they
'were stupid' etc. not the structural inequalities
oLooking at where blame was placed: not on perpetrators but victims in
oPeople who were most likely to experience damage were the most
likely to be unable to rebuild or escape
•Katrina and the collective unconscious
oWill to see a dark threat in New Orleans
•The "other America"
oAmerica of middle class/maintream/American dream
oAmerica of the poor/disenfranchised/the 'have-nots'
oSlippage in media: for a while people spoke about the 'refugees' from
New Orleans - as if they are fleeing from another country and enter into an
area in which they are not citizens
•Human rights/Civil rights in New Orleans
•Katrina an public anthropology
Anthropology and social networking
•Theory about personhood that is distinct in Melanesia: being a dividual not
•In NA, a person is a person by virtue of their individuality; in Melanesia,
people aren't individuals but that personhood is reliant on a person being able to
be 'divided up' and accumulating parts through relationships and social