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University of Toronto Scarborough
Maggie Cummings

Week 5 Notes Ignorance of the primitives Paternity is a concept derived from its interrelations with other concepts and beliefs Western View paternity is automatically a natural fact o An inference, that given reasonable intelligence and observation over time, most people presumably would make o Beliefs were thought to reflect either the absence of knowledge or the denial of it Denial beliefs were interpreted as a kind of religious dogma, the truth of which was relevant in one context but not another An attempt to deflect Oedipal hostility away from the father o Absence or denial of paternity allowed the beliefs to be classified as examples of widespread theme of supernatural birth Meaning of paternity is not primarily physiological, but bio-physical elements are utilised for expressing social meaning o Ex. Gender, authority and kinship Paternity has meant merely the recognition of a physiological link between a man and a child analogous to that held to exist between a woman and the child she bears Paternity is not he semantic equivalent of maternity Maternity giving nurture and giving birth Paternity begetting; primary, essential, and creative role Theory of procreation is inscribed in symbolic form attitudes, values, laws and institutions Procreation beliefs from a Turkish Village Male is to plant the seed and the woman is like the field Perspective of another culture helps to illuminate our own
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