Anthr 102 Lecture Notes 5

Anthr 102 Lecture Notes 5 - Nature and Culture Lecture 5...

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1 Nature and Culture Lecture 5 Nature is… A. What is given, prior to culture B. A construct of culture C. Both Are you… A. Right-handed B. Left-handed C. Ambidextrous
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2 Humans are biologically more prone to be right-handed A. True B. False Robert Hertz (1909) Biological explanation: we are right-handed because we are left- brained. Hertz: could we be left- brained because we are right-handed? Cultural Use of Biology Not just in English—also in French: “Droit” “Every social hierarchy claims to be founded on the nature of things.”
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Biological phenomena are never only biological phenomena David Schneider, American Kinship American cultural practice is to see all kinship as grounded in biology “Blood” defines kin Our particular brand of science is part of our cultural world view American culture is preoccupied with nature, with biology. Our culture has a particular idea of biology, too. Artificial Life
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2008 for the course ANTHR 1400 taught by Professor Riles, a during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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Anthr 102 Lecture Notes 5 - Nature and Culture Lecture 5...

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