S321_ClassNotes_AnthropologicalUniformitiesAndDifferences - Anthropological Uniformities and Differences I(Open-ended question Anthropology informs

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Anthropological Uniformities and Differences I. (Open-ended question) Anthropology informs sociology in showing: A. How the social organization of sexuality evolved to avoid social disorganization B. How cultural variability is involved in the sexual norms of preliterate societies C. How attitudes, behaviors, and emotional reactions to sexuality do not always fit together as commonly assumed II. An Anthropological Understanding of Sexuality . A. Points Out Universals Related to the Social Control of Sexuality 1. Function of Universals: To Avoid Disruptive Competition 2. Basic Social Controls a. Some Form of Marriage b. Rules against Forced Sex Provide for an attempt to avoid social disorganization c. Rules about Partner Eligibility (1) Endogamy Have to find a partner within boundaries of group or subgroup. Creates solidarity in the group Dysfunction: limits political strength, isolates the group because it isn’t creating networks with other groups In U.S. age is something we want people to stay in certain age group, seen in ethnicity/race and religion (2) Exogamy Involves rules for obtaining partners that exist outside the group. Decreases solidarity within the group but increases political power (opposite of endogamy). Creates links to another group Arranged marriages with royal families, creates strength and bond in country, in the royalty… more people marrying outside religion, ethnicity or race but strengthens bonds/society (but at same time religious groups afraid the are losing their solidarity but increases political strength) (3) Incest Example of rule of exogamy – partner must be outside family Anthropologists claim it is not so much biological (fear of inbreeding and genetic effects) they point out that breeding better often involved breeding within group (see in domesticated animals) function is to prevent disruptive competition (social disorganization…if there is a lot of competition for people in household/extended family people will get angry at each other, cant work effectively on behalf of family…disorganization.

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