2010 Exam Tips (from prof) Ant of Contempt World

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ANT204H Study Tips for Exam
What will be tested: Lecture, film and reading material from Sept 15 to Dec 1.
How to prepare: You should use lecture outlines to tell you what is most important from
lectures and film questions to suggest what you should think about in terms of the films.
Readings overlap to some extent but not perfectly with lectures/films. For each one, you should
main examples. For historical articles, you should know the rough outline of the history presented
though not to the point of memorizing every name and date. Know eras, periods, centuries and
relative dates, eg. Industrial Revolution in Britain (1760s-1840s) which sparks the Second Wave
of European Colonialism (mid to late 19th century to 1970s) except where a specific date has been
highlighted in lecture. You should be able to recognize and identify the key players in the
histories we learned in lectures and readings and know something about why they are important
to the story.
Look for Overlap: It is also a good idea to look for overlap among the readings, eg. Wolf talks
action. Wainaina satirizes writing on Africa and immediately following, Nkunda reproduces
some of those same characteristics. How might Darfur Diaries be another example? How are
Darfur, Haiti, and Rwanda products of colonialism of different eras? How does the Cold War
affect both Haiti and Afghanistan?
Know some specific Concepts: Finally, some readings contain specific terms or arguments that
you should know beyond their general or historical contribution to our understanding. You
should be able to define the terms and think of an example from our case studies (Darfur, Haiti,
Wolf: history as a moral success story
Greene: four conditions of British colonialism (know what they are)
Kloby: colonialism, neocolonialism, examples of versions of colonialism
Robbins on AIDS: signature disease, AIDS space, reasons for travel, ghettoization of AIDS, Haiti
Example, blaming the victim, disease sinks
Conklin & Graham: middle ground, ecologically noble savage, global ecological imaginary,
FUNAI, Mario Juruna, Paulo Payakan, identity politics
Mamdani: culture talk, Cold War in southern Africa, constructive engagement, jihad, Afghan-
Arabs, fundamentalism, terrorism
Amiri: critique of the connection between feminism and the West
Robbins on Bretton Woods: overlap with lectures, example of Indonesia
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