Anthroweek5 - influence in how we interpret society Chapter...

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Reading Summary: Week 5 This week, Chapter 3 of Conformity and Conflict was titled, “Shakespeare in the Bush.” This chapter describes misinterpretations that can easily be assessed from what we say, especially literature, in this case, Shakespeare plays. One small mistake in translation can give an entirely different meaning of the artists’ true vision. Chapter 18 of Conformity and Conflict , titled, “Life without Fathers or Husbands,” discusses a matrilineal society where women and their children live without husbands. This is far from our overall societal norm where marriage seems to be the basis of so much. I can’t imagine ever growing up without a father and the notion that this exists someplace is astonishing. Marriage forms the base of the basic domestic unit and has so much
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Unformatted text preview: influence in how we interpret society. Chapter 19 of Conformity and Conflict , titled, “Uterine Families and the Women’s Community,” delves into the topic of how a woman’s patrilineage is temporary and her loyalties depend on her husbands’ bonds and family. Her loyalties are not assumed and are only permanent when she is married and has had children. In China for example, she will never appear “important” in anyone’s genealogy. Neither Man nor Woman, by Serena Nanda, in the second half goes into detail about individual hyras with case studies about them. It’s useful in that we can see the individual circumstances that separate various hyras, how its affected the course of their lives, and see how they are not at all the “same.”...
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