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HUMAN 1C- Midterm Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 26 pages long!)


Department
Humanities
Course Code
HUMAN 1C
Professor
Professor Block
Study Guide
Midterm

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HUMAN 1C
MIDTERM EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Professor Block
Overview
- Colonialism
- History of sex
- Race and racecraft
Colonialism: Where and When
Trans-Atlantic World (Early America, across the Atlantic ocean)
- Lived in a world that was interdependent
European Claims on North America, c. 1700s
- Originally all claimed by Native Americans, different ethnic and political groups
European View of Africa, 1644
- Animals placed on map, for the audience to see what makes up Africa
- Divided up the map similar to that of Europe, map European values onto Africa
- Africa created by Europeans, the idea of unification is due to European values
Difference in Terminology
- Discovery v. Invasion
- Peopling v. Colonizing
- Wilderness v. Communities
Demographics of Colonial North America
Native Americans (pre-1500)
- Est. 7-18 million
Africans Kidnapped
- 1526-1866: 12.5 million
- 1600-1775: c. 288,000
At Revolution (1776)
- 1.7 Million European-descent
- 470,000 African-descent
- Not sure about Native American-descent
History of Sexuality
Sex v. Sexuality
Sex -- biologically male or female, or the act of sex
Sexuality -- social and cultural meaning related to sex
Theoretical Reasons to Study History of Sexuality
- “Dense transfer point for relations of power” - Michel Foucault
De-naturalizing the meaning of sex
“The Personal is Political” - Carol Hanisch (1970)
- Relationships you have with people, reflect society as a large
Race and Racecraft
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Race is Not…
- Biologic
- Objective
- Transhistoric
- Not an element of human biology, or an idea
Race is “an ideology. It came into existence at a discernible historical moment for rationally
understandable historical reasons is subject to change”
- As historic creation
Racecraft: widely repeated practices turn racism into race
Race alone cannot produce consequences, it is due to people’s ideologies
Seminar Notes 1.1
Coates Excerpt
“Well” metaphor -- deep/water/black
- When looking down, fearful, assumptions made about the “face”
- Coates “looks down” into the well to his wisdom
- This wisdom coming from his experience
2nd Paragraph
- The control and the view the father shows that psychologically, you can choose your
actions and what you say
Singular v. Collective
Has a face
Faceless mass -- indefinable faceless mass
People find it easier to sympathize with an
individual than a group of people
Due to masses, people see them as property,
machines, and dehumanizes them
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