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AN100 Study Guide - Final Guide: Ethnography, San People, Almadraba


Department
Anthropology
Course Code
AN100
Professor
Elaine Clark- Rapley
Study Guide
Final

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FIELDWORK
Ch. 3: Fieldwork on Prostitution in the Era of AIDS
Claire Sterk; long term study of prostitutes in New York City and Atlanta,
1987
Being an unknown woman in an area known for prostitution caused her
to be noticed and avoided by the other women.
Started o& by only saying “Hi” and “How are you” in the initial weeks
Got to know some girls early on, but learned not to be too
dependent on them
Didn’t take an expert role or share her own opinions
After becoming known, some girls and pimps would look out for her.
She became one of them.
Ch. 4: Nice Girls Don’t Talk to Rasta
Female American student, Hanna, living in a rural village o& of Barbados.
Villagers hated Rasta’s because they didn’t work, and they stole fruit
Hanna talked with a Rasta to study him, everyone thought they were
having relations and Hanna was shunned.
Subject to naive realism, cross-cultural misunderstanding
Overlooked the existence of class distinctions within the village.
Ch. 38: Public Interest Ethnography: Women’s Prisons and Health
Care in California
Public interest ethnography is a branch of applied anthropology that has 4
goals.
The study of people a&ected by public policy
An emphasis on the human consequences of public policy
Production of advice for policy makers
And the empowerment of those a&ected by policy
Study of Californian prison system to remedy poor health conditions
Conducted ethnographic interviews; talked about mistrust of medical
sta&, lack of sanitation, overcrowding, e&ects of poverty, gaining
access to care, and the language barriers.
Women’s Health Care Project:
1. Make prison health care more e<cient, as well as more trustworthy
medical sta&
2. Increase language accessibility
3. Improve nutrition options, and improve sanitation and hygiene
4. Reduce debt accrual

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SEX AND GENDER
Global women in the new economy * Article 35
Describes the life of a nanny who unequally divides her time between her
foreign employer’s family and her own family at home
Traces the migration routes of nannies from their homes to work in
other societies
Discusses the push and pull factors sending women as migrant workers
for care work
Describes the positive and negative impacts of migration for work
Negotiating Work and Family in America * Article 20
Concerns how women navigate work and home life after becoming
mothers
Argues that professional women face signi@cant structural barriers in
an attempt to balance work and family
Examines factors that “push” and “pull” some women out of the
workforce
Highlights the ‘interdependence’ of First world and third world women;
global, gender-division of labour; di&erences between women.
Women in the Mines * Article 14
Gives examples of how women @t into a working culture known to be
hostile to females
Illustrates how women miners shift between identities to adapt to the
workplace
Describes the di&erent “types” of women workers
“tomboy”, “ladies”, “bitches"
Compares risks, uncertainties, and rewards of all gendered positions in
this workplace
MARRIAGE AND KINSHIP
Ch. 17: Family and Kinship in Village India
Setting: May, 1962 - Gameti men in village of Ratakote (S. Rajasthan, India)
Villagers anchor themselves in their families. They spend great energy
on creating and maintaining their kinship system.
Marriage constructs alliances between families, lineages, and clans.
Resulting kinship network is a pivotal structure in Indian society.
People’s personal reputations depend on the quality and number
of their allied kin.
Steps to arranging marriage:
1. Consult members of Kanji’s lineage.
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