ANT 121 Lecture Notes Part 1

ANT 121 Lecture Notes Part 1 - ANT 121 Peoples and Cultures...

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ANT 121 Peoples and Cultures of the World Lecture Notes 8/27/07- 9/26/07 EXAM 1 OCTOBER 3, 2007
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ANT 121 Lecture Notes 8/27 Anthropos -Logos (The study of mankind) Generically the study of mankind over time and space all over the globe during all periods of time. Humankind as genus all races Common thread= LANGUAGE To discover characteristic attributes of humanity= goal of anthropology Binocular field One eye on empirical (observable) behavior always observable One eye on decoding the meaning Culture as symbols SHARED UNDERSTANDINGS Ethnographies ethnic biographies (ethnic readings) Culture= Way of life/ shared understandings/ symbolic meanings of actions ANT 121 Discussion 8/28 Anthropological fieldwork Exploring (moving) consent Historical Spying more psychological Anthropology vs. Missionary work Anthropology studies with intent to learn Missionary work tries to change (teaching, religious) Vs. Journalism Writing to learn, but no vested interest in people/outcome TOLERANCE- Centuries of ritual, no matter what, no matter how inhumane ANT 121 Lecture Notes 8/29 Fieldwork way of getting new information Claire Ferrar, Bernard Second 10 years in the field Beginning (proper, formal, outside the “circle”) End (accepted, familiar, casual, invited in the home) Bernard became more Americanized, and Claire more casual less trying to impress Cultural Anthropology observe and EXPERIENCE What is the meaning? Understand Rules, Beliefs, Values Mescalero, New Mexico (south central) Anthropologists need entrée, or consent/acceptance, entrance Bernard Second is her “in” to get into the tribe
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Formal permission from Chief Wendell (tribe president) Permission not enough for anthropology, need entrée, and the development of rapport. Claire becomes fictive family member and aunt to the children Arguments Conversations Questions/Answers Can an outsider adequately portray the Apache experience? Frame of mind to accomplish objective Understanding/attitude/values/beliefs of our world= cultural anthropology Trust/patience/personable NEED to know the language of those whom you are studying Anthropologists need to write with “filmable” language or specificity Their concepts=your concepts to define Emic belonging to the studied group (fry bread) Etic invented concepts to define emic ones (mythic present) The “ethnographic” present Anthropological concept Present tense regarding the past (tense written or recorded. Relates to going back in time) 1965-1985 approx in Thunder Rides a Black Horse Mescalero Boys and girls trace decent from their mother. “Father” (mother’s husband) has no authority over you. Mom’s brother=uncle has authority What do we want to know?? See one practice/custom in another world
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ANT 121 taught by Professor Freedman during the Fall '07 term at Syracuse.

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ANT 121 Lecture Notes Part 1 - ANT 121 Peoples and Cultures...

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