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ANT376H1- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 46 pages long!)


Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANT376H1
Professor
Hillary Cunningham
Study Guide
Final

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UTSG
ANT376H1
Final EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Thursday, January 4, 2018
Lecture 1: Intro - What is ‘Animal’?
What is an Animal?
-Tim Ingold quote - What is the Animal?
-coexistence of humans with animals (consumption, social groups, morphology,
behaviour, humanity)
-pervasive presence of non-human animals in human world
-diversity and variety in relations
-what is an animal? = what does it mean to be human? - humanity and animality
-distinction of human and animal - where do we take this distinction for granted?
-behaviour, practices -> take distinction for granted
-i.e. eating ham sandwich
-how/where does this dualism unfold/operate - how is it used
-interfaces and encounters and intersections
-where and why do humans and animals interact/interface etc.
-key sites?
Animal Etymology
-Latin for “breath
-Ancient Greek = “wind” anemos
-Latin “current of air”, “vital principle of life” - anima
-animus = “mind”, “lifeforce” “soul”
-links soul, breath, spirit to the mind
-dictionary definition: “living organism that feeds on organic matter” - breath and feeding
-excludes humans
-mammal
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-can also be a person “devoid of human attributes or civilizing influences” - not of
civilization
-synonyms = beast, demon, brute
Anthrozoology
-Human-animal studies (HAS): interdisciplinary about animals in human social and cultural
worlds + interactions with humans
-how animal lives intersect with human societies
-focused on in between/intersections; how these categories come together
-both nonhuman and human animals “wherever and whenever we find them” - already deeply
embedded and surrounded by human-animal interactions
-how do we find these interactions?
-interfaces: mode of encountering
-direct/face-to-face
-mediated by or with other people
-through technologies
-shaped by/defined by “geographies” - spaces/landscapes/governance structures/routines/
discourses? - particularly spaces/built in environments where you engage with certain
animals
-all places = animaled
Wilderness
-elite management of resources = critique of anthropologists
-displacement constructed prestineness and emptiness
-“wilderness is a fairly recent American invention”
-conservation and protected areas - colonial history of “wilderness places”
-wilderness = just a social construct? human product?
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