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COMPLETE Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Notes: Part 8 [90% on final]

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Department
Anthropology
Course
CAS AN 101
Professor
All Professors
Semester
Fall

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Review of Semester 11/29/2012 “consensus gentium” Geertz Gets us NOWHERE Through details of the diversity of ways that humans act and think that we can approximate, derive a better  understanding of humanity Topics/Readings Trobrian magic Eskimo seal hunting Laujay greetings Manjaco, west Africans share food Nuer time, cows Balinese space, art, trance Cultural ideas of body (nacirema) What it means to be a person Notions of birth Notions of death Rural Jamaicans eat Americans don’t eat Sex and gender Power and politics Gifting are never free Kinship Family, marriage, incest Black coping strategies Kayapo skin decorations, resistance Indembu liminality Cassuary is not a bird Azande witchcraft Elongot go head hunting What kind of an animal is a human? Humans are… Cultural Not just social, not like dogs/dolphins Meaning­making Don’t understand humanity if we are just calculating Economic calculations don’t sufficiently explain human behavior Rational Even when rationality is expressed in unfamiliar forms Emotional Emotions can be expressed in unfamiliar ways Ceremonial Not just in obvious performed rituals Embedded in everything we do, built into human action “busy intersection” come to these conclusions by conducting fieldwork, writing ethnographies Lila Abu­Lughod, Veiled Sentiments pulls together a lot of themes  explicit, tacit knowledge, encoded in spontaneous, poetic form culture as a complex whole puzzling out relationship among politics, poetry, gender, values (honor, modesty) p
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