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Anthropology
Course
ANTC61H3
Professor
Peter
Semester
Summer

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ANT C61H3 2 long question 10% each, 2 page long to write 4/6 choose short answer 5% each study the question will be fine. Lec notes help you to understand more also video who said what who said what lecture notes help to frame argument short answer point farm is ok too Hello all, here are a number of study questions to help you prepare for the final exam for ANTC61, which will consist entirely of short and long answer questions. The following sample questions will not all be on the exam, nor will they necessarily appear in exactly the same form. But if you prepare thoughtful answers to these questions, you should be able to perform quite well on both the short answer and long answer questions on the final. One student asked about what I am looking for in the short & long answer questions. I'm interested in seeing you demonstrate to me: a) that you understand the concepts I'm asking you to write about; b) that you can explain them clearly in your own words; and c) that you can make meaningful connections to the articles we've read or examples we've used in class, (or in some cases to other relevant examples/experiences you might be familiar with). You don't need to say a LOT necessarily; rather, I'm looking at the coherence and depth of understanding in what you say. You will be provided with a sheet listing the authors names and article titles for all of the required readings this term, if you wish to refer to them in formulating your answer (a wise idea). Remember that anthropology tends to recognize and value the complexity of interactions that combine to produce particular social worlds. Answers that don't editorialize, and which show an understanding of the complex and competing mix of forces & values that shape phenomena will do well. So here are some sample questions to help you prepare: 1. What are some of the challenges associated with assessing the efficacy of traditional medicines? -in illnesses thought to be caused by magical causes, treatment proceeds by un-working the magic -healing happens via performance -Levi-Strauss on Shamanic healing: -Curer must be confident; patient must believe in curer; community must believe in curer -in psychoanalysis, the patient is supposed to abreact: to re-experience traumatic emotions in a controlled environment to be relieved of them -Levi-Strauss suggests that in shamanism, the shaman is the one who abreacts ; using the language of myth and symbol he objectifies the patients illness and the patients healing -Allan Young proposes three types of efficacy: Empirical Scientific Symbolic James Waldram: there is no singular view of efficacy; in any given circumstance of the treatment of illness, there are likely to be several stakeholders, each of whom do not necessarily hold the same view, and whose views may also change through time: thus what constitutes efficacy is by nature shifting and fluid Thomas Csordas argues that placebo is imprecise (a black box): suggests that efficacy of traditional and spiritual healing practices is not easily assessed by looking at final outcomes, as such an approach will miss the changes which do occur if they do not match the hypothesized or desired outcome 2. What does it mean to say that pharmaceutical drugs are 'socially active'?' ( chapter 12) Pharmaceutical drugs are socially active because not only will it interact socially but the information gained in the process through clinical trails are vital globally. Some pharmaceutical companies are in a political and economic instable area. Information gained from others are can used for academic and expert finding which could benefit other companies. 3. Define 'illness' and 'disease,' and explain how this dichotom is used in medical anthropology. Also mention any limitations the dichotomy presents. ( Lecture 2) illness: - Understanding symptoms of illness as recognizable signs of distress -Lending a social significance to particular illnesses -Morally situating illness -Illness impaired functioning as perceived by the patient within a given cultural context -refers to how a person perceives and responds to symptoms. -how disease is shaped into experience -Illness model shapes ones experience of disease 1. a disease or indisposition; sickness 2. a state of ill health3. Obsolete wickedness Disease of body or mind; poor health; sickness. 1. sickness or disorder. 2.malady of either body or mind the symptoms of which may be physically 3.unobservable. Within general medical practice Disease a biological or biochemical malfunction -describes the perspective of medical specialist patients condition is framed as a technical issue -A disease is an abnormal condition affecting the body of an organism. 1.a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment. 2.any abnormal condition in a plant that interferes with its vital physiological processes, caused by pathogenic microorganisms, parasites, unfavorable environmental, genetic, or nutritional factors, etc. 3.any harmful, depraved, or morbid condition, as of the mind or societ
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