Lecture_Week_2_for_Snow_Day_Tues - Lecture Week 2 for...

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Lecture Week 2 for Tuesday January 16, 2007 : Studying Culture Text pp. 56-69 (plus some concepts leftover from last week pp. 24-43) Announcements - Guidelines for Assignment #1 are available on FoxTale - Revised dates on syllabus (due date for assignment #1 revised AND week 13 revised dates) see FoxTale Week-at-a-Glance - Review of key terms from last week - Break down the question “What is Culture?” (pp. 24-43) from last week - Explore fieldwork and ethnography (pp. 56-69) - Receive “Nacirema” article on Thursday is already posted to FoxTale too (IF YOU HAVE READ THIS FOR ANOTHER COURSE, PLEASE ALLOW YOUR PEERS TO ENJOY THIS READING) - THURSDAY: Quiz scheduled Ethnocentrism, Cultural Relativism Review and Activity Activity Read aloud and have students guess whether it’s an example of ethnocentrism or cultural relativism “We drive on the ‘right’ side of the road; in England, they drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.” ethnocentrism “Americans have poor work ethic.” ethnocentrism “Draped, instead of fitted clothing, makes sense in cultures were the importance of expressing individualism in dress is minimized and the ability to import and produce clothing is limited.” cultural relativism 1
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friends family over work is reflected in their more than 40 days of paid vacation and holidays from work.” cultural relativism “Hebrew reads backwards.” ethnocentrism “The use of head wear or a veil for women in many countries may not necessarily represent the oppression of women; but rather, it conveys the deep commitment of some women to faith, values, and tradition.” cultural relativism What is Culture? Corresponds to pp. 24 – 43 in text (summarized on p. 36 of text) Inform students we will work on defining culture throughout the term. Text refers to Edward Tylor’s (late 1870’s) as one of the foundational definitions: in this definition he talks about things like beliefs, arts, morals, customs (which we talked about in class) which are all preferences that are ACQUIRED or LEARNED, not born with Looking at Culture via 6 Major Components (as used in your text): 1) culture is shared, 2) culture is learned, 3) culture is adaptive, 4) culture is integrated, 5) culture is based on symbols, 6) culture affects the way people think about the world, 6) cultur changes Nature of Culture: 1. Culture is shared . . . We all SHARE certain human needs that need to be met We all need to find and build shelter, to eat, to marry, to bury or deal with the deal, to worship, to buy/borrow/lend, to make a living, to procreate, to raise and educate the young, and need ways to handle the elderly and aging. We AGREE upon or SHARE certain ideas about how to meet
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