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Midterm Exam Review Alamo —myth of the Alamo, which was created through memory place and the oppression of memory through silence; how the Alamo is remembered as a racialized narrative (Anglo vs. Mexican) emerges with the transformation of South Texas; purpose it serves to legitimize the transformation of south Texas---that the Mexicans are bad and are deserving of their fate of being transplanted Anthropology— the scientific study of man; study of human behavior and cultural difference; idea of anthropology emerges with the Enlightenment in the 17 th century (integrated study of biology and culture); the study of humans as cultural beings in the present Antiquarianism— concerned itself with objects of ‘archaic’ material culture that served as the basis for the creation of taxonomies with which to classify different people based upon their assumed origin histories, customs, and folklore —this desire to collect was inspired by the displacement of the Indians (later on by the displacement of the Mexican people) ‘Bandit Wars’ —1915-17; Texan Mexicans who have been dispossessed against the newly arriving Anglos who had taken away everything; A question on who is the bandit 1. When people say bandits they mean the individuals that are rouges 2. Civilians who are trying to escape the Mexican Revolution and flooding the border which led to them being called bandits; there was no such thing as the bandit war only as the Anglos way of apologizing for the mass murdering of Mexican Americans; justify it historically Border —debate about the border; where does it start; symbol of separation (culturally, geographically, physically, emotionally, mentally); sensitized area where two cultural or political systems come face to face and interact Borderlands —areas along the border; as a metaphor for culture The border is what you think (a line on a map, where two cultures come together) Over time the idea changes Culture on the border—the colonial gaze that people along the border are viewed as isolated/backward, the border is the isolated homogeneous people, people along the border are vestiges to the frontier—what the west had not yet conquered, left behind Concern and preoccupation with people who are migrating; patterns and bi- nationality; problems that the people present to the geographical border Bourke, John Gregory —one of the first North American practitioners of folklore; American anthologist, believed in social cultural evolution; studied Mexican American culture without a personal take; ethnological writings Capitalist Modernity— European expansion through the world (Industrial Revolution); the extensive and intensive expansion of global capitalist markets, technological innovation in communication and transportation, urbanization and bureaucratization of the state; had a lot to do with the social transformation of Texas due to conflict of modes of production –(the dispossession of land and Mexicans, the closing of ranges with barbed wire, coming of trains)—how the newcomers ignored the old ways of
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This note was uploaded on 07/16/2008 for the course MAS 36155 taught by Professor Chavez during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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