SOC 101- Lecture 4

SOC 101- Lecture 4 - Sociology- Lecture 4 Us vs. Them...

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Sociology- Lecture 4 Us vs. Them Ethnocentrism- belief in the superiority of one’s own culture and society and using that belief to judge others Calling sociologists ethnocentric- makes them one of “them” Sahlis- wrote about Hawaii Captain Cook arrived on Hawaii when the Hawaiians were celebrating the God of Birth holiday. Profesor of Princeton- Gananath Obeyesekere- He was sitting in the audience when Sahlis was giving his lecture. He was Sri Lankan and didn’t like Sahlis’ story. “It was a white man’s myth about how savages think. He didn’t find any evidence for it.” He investigated Hawaii and looked closely at Sahlis’ story. How did the white explorer become God to savages? Sahlis’ accounts were overdetermined by Western ship notes. There is good reason not to accept this account on face value. There was a standard shipboard view that white men were viewed as Gods. The two men went at each other. Obey assumed that there was a common human nature.
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Mitchellduneier,devahpager during the Fall '07 term at Princeton.

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