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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTA02H3
Professor
Maggie Cummings
Semester
Winter

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Week 12 Notes Hurricane katrina Geertz pointed out that the one thing humans seem unable to live with is the idea that the world may be deficient in meaning and that human existence might be absurd Self blame and national shame o Victims collude with those who are all too willing to blame them for their misfortune o Immanuel Levinas the search for meaning in catastrophic human suffering as a potent source of evil in the world o Those who suffer tend to ask, why me? Those who survive tend to ask, Why was I spared? Vulnerability of the poor o The poor are vulnerable to natural disasters and catastrophes not because of geography or climate changes, but because of political lassitude, racism and entrenched poverty, all of these caused by the dismantling of social welfare
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