anthroresponse3 - Annie O'Brien ANT 335 Response #4 2...

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Annie O’Brien ANT 335 – Response #4  2 November 2007 Identity and Its Definitions in San Nicolas "Who am I?" is not really a question because it has no answer to it; it is unanswerable .   It is a device, not a question . - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh The definition of identity comes from a multitude of sources . External influences,  personal affiliation, definitions set by the state and other organizations are all extremely  significant in setting the standard definition of identity, whether racially or ethnically . In this  week’s reading by Laura A . Lewis, a sentence on the defining bodies of identity remained in my  head through the rest of the reading, and I found different applications of her definition  throughout the paper . Lewis states, “Identities emerge from a dynamic that merges social science  scholarship, government interest, and the consciousness and self-definition of individuals with  particular understandings of their own cultural, historical, and political experiences” (900) Using examples from her ethnography, this paper seeks to elaborate on each of these points and  their effect on the modern definition of identity as it applies to Moreno culture . Social science scholarship is a term that combines both cultural anthropology and 
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sociology . Using these two disciplines, social scientists construct models and theories regarding  race, ethnicity and identity . The ethnography opens with Lewis describing anthropologists’  efforts at restoring local culture in San Nicolas . While this was an attempt at the reconstruction 
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ANT 335 taught by Professor Abrams during the Fall '07 term at Centre College.

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