AN101 - class notes 11-12-2007

AN101 - class notes 11-12-2007 - John Greenlaw Anthropology...

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John Greenlaw Anthropology Notes 11/12/2007 Paper due 11/26 The relativistic question -am I judging this idea or practice? -has my judgment limited or colored my understanding of it? -by what criteria do I judge it? -if I judge it, what am I going to do about it? How values matter in terms of how we see ourselves and others Values change Ethnocentrism-judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one’s own culture- How we see ourselves as sharing values, beliefs, in other words, a culture, and what makes us distinct from another group. How to refrain from being ethnocentric Culture shock-physical, psychological, moral -disorientation: discovering all that is different, immediate ups and downs, excitement and fatigue -Dissociation: depression, irritability, paranoid -Reorientation: snap out of it, and take new experience for what it has to offer Drawbacks to going “native” Inverted ethnocentrism – we think our culture is inferior to the host’s Secondary ethnocentrism – we adopt the ethnocentrism of our host
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