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The Politics of Representation Tourism March 3.docx

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ANTH 3120
Karl Schmid

The Politics of Representation March 3, 2014 Filming the Other video: • Mursi do not know where the tourist come from, and do not really care as long as they can make money • Musi are the only tribe in Ethiopia with the lip plates • The lip plate is part of their tradition and culture o Supposed to wear lip plates when they serve food to their husbands or during a ceremony otherwise they do not wear their lip plate • The women make themselves as beautiful as they can Politics of representation: Steven hall: cultural anthropologist- • representation are always political • who takes the photographs and involved with representation • primitivism- stereotypes James Scott- weapons of the weak: everyday forms of peasant resistance (1985) • looks at peasant society, urban society, and peasant resistance • Antonio Gramsci- hegemonic order, the elites are the dominant ones who tell the values for who we are, we just think that this is the way things are and that it is normal because it lies in a subconscious value • things are very unequal, there are collective actions and there are times where they are compliant and there is an in between o collective resistance or individual resistance o doing things slowly, false compliance, ignorance, sabotage, tax evasion, rumours, gossip • between hegemonic compliance and collective defiance, there are subtle forms of everyday resistance • side of back room negotiation which people at the bottom try to hide their acts of resistance Mursi of Ethiopia • for tourist, the mursi are the embodiment of primitivism • Solbu becomes a created place as a place of exchange , a particular site in an encounter with the tourist, it became big because of tourism activity • Mursi are nomadic because they have to move around for their cattle • Tourism created movement reasons for the Mursi • Encounter is mostly about photos and the cost of permission: o The photography is the mechanism of this exchange o Tourists want to capture the exotic imagery of the Mursi as “primitives” o Mursi plainly want money from this encounter o The women in the film is very contradictory, where she wants no tourism to be there however, she wants to go back o She feels bad for them because of the amount of sadness and they need money yet she has negotiated her photos and souvenirs for cheap amount of money • Fiction of the photographic frame: o Tourists want to frame primitivism o The Mursi decorate themselves to make them as played up to the stereotype  All these items and objects that they play up to fit the image o Mursi gain from photography by fictionalized representation (staged authenticity) o Fiction on the other side of the frame: these clean contextualized photos, they want to have the “pure native”
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