Pres 2__Nacirema.ppt.pptx - Viewing Other Cultures Viewing Ourselves Reading Culture Read Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Horace Miner 1956 CA text pp

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Viewing Other Cultures, Viewing Ourselves
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Reading Culture Read “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” Horace Miner, 1956 CA text, pp. 4-6 What is your first reaction to the Nacirema? Do you like them? Why or why not? Do the Nacirema seem more similar to or different from your own? How? Why?
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Reading Culture Nacirema is American spelled backward! Review the article again and consider what you now see differently. Lessons from the Nacirema Why do you think the author wrote the article in this way? What do you think of the quote at the end?
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Lessons from the Nacirema Be careful about how we view others Be careful about exoticizing, mystifying, or making people seem alien. Be cautious about being an outsider viewing others, and about how you represent them. Be careful about how we view ourselves Do not assume that everything we do is normal, rational, “civilized,” or makes sense.
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Lessons from the Nacirema
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Unformatted text preview: Cultural Anthropologists try to be an insider/outsider, a “participant observer.” • Consider that there are unique benefits to being an insider and to being an outsider. • Each position offers an important perspective and provides unique understandings. Evolutionary Theories 19 th Century Ways of Viewing Human Diversity • Savagery • Barbarism • Civilization • Do these perspectives still exist today? Evolutionary Theories Bad Ideas in the Past and the Present • Reflect values/concerns of societies creating the theories. Based on technology Hierarchical Place themselves on top! Viewing the Other How should we view the people we will read about and study this semester? • Try to understand yourself as you try to understand an “other.” • Read/watch carefully • Read/watch respectfully • Read/watch with open eyes, ears, and minds!...
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