Anthr 102 Lecture - Culture as a Tool for Thought Lecture 6 The Cultural Defense Member of a Korean new religious sect With pastor seek to exorcise

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1 Culture as a Tool for Thought Lecture 6 The Cultural Defense Member of a Korean new religious sect With pastor, seek to exorcise wife She dies of head injuries He is prosecuted for murder Asserts Cultural Defense What ideas about culture are implicit in the cultural defense? Culture dictates behavior But persons within a culture disagree, offend each other, wrong each other There is plenty of room for personal agency, choice, action within any culture
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2 What else is wrong with this picture? Billiard ball theory of culture Geertz: culture as a “super-organic” Individuals can’t be members of multiple cultures Cultures don’t influence each other But cultural elements circulate globally What other assumptions about culture animate cultural defense? Culture is a set of rules, beliefs that can be listed in a courtroom, like laws Geertz: knowing the rules of how a violin works doesn’t mean you are a virtuoso violin player Wagner: culture is a tool for making sense of culture shock
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What anthropologist does in this scenario Reflects back on her own beliefs in order to understand others Translates one set of meanings into another Analogy: A is like B How would an anthropologist first approach culture shock? A. Critique herself
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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 University (Engineering School).

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Anthr 102 Lecture - Culture as a Tool for Thought Lecture 6 The Cultural Defense Member of a Korean new religious sect With pastor seek to exorcise

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