CHAPTER SIX: PT 2 - CHapter 6 Notes Ethnicity and Nationalism What Does"Ethnicity Mean to Anthropologists"A sense of historical cultural and sometimes

CHAPTER SIX: PT 2 - CHapter 6 Notes Ethnicity and...

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CHapter 6 Notes Ethnicity and Nationalism What Does "Ethnicity" Mean to Anthropologists? "A sense of historical, cultural, and sometimes ancestral connection to a group of people who are imagined to be distinct from those outside the group". Ethnicity as Identity It is interesting to note that despite the homogenizing effects of globalization that we have been addressing this semester, concepts of ethnicity, ethnic identity, and even ethnic pride are on the rise. As we will see throughout this chapter, ethnic identity is growing more and more powerful. It has been a source of support for many, and a generator of conflict among others. Despite even the worst atrocities of genocide, ethnicity continues to have significant influence in this world. Creating Ethnic Identity Anthropologists specifically view ethnicity as a cultural construction . That is to say it is not biological; it is not physically inherited from one’s parents. This is the most important way in which the concept of ethnicity differs from the concept of race. If ethnicity is not inherited, then it must be taught. Just as a person must learn culture, they must learn ethnicity .
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In order to have something to learn, there must be a set of core concepts, a set of beliefs that tie an ethnicity together. One of the key ways in which ethnic identity is constructed and passed on is through the development of Origin Myths. Origin myths do not have to be fictive or religious. Instead, they are key stories that define the structure of an ethnicity. These stories help to create modern conceptions of identity. For Example: Disney movie "Moana" Character Demi-god Maui (Links to an external site.) In “You’re Welcome ,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lyrics also pay tribute to Maui’s many accomplishments (Links to an external site.) : “Hey, what has two thumbs and pulled up the sky When you were waddling ye high? This guy When the nights got cold, who stole you fire from down below? You’re looking at him, yo! Oh, also I lassoed the sun, you’re welcome To stretch your days and bring you fun Also, I harnessed the breeze, you’re welcome To fill your sails and shake your trees.” Ethnicity is maintained by a variety of boundary markers We see similar patterns of behavior all around the globe. These boundary markers can further extend to religious beliefs, food preferences, patterns of speech, and much more. But ultimately, ethnic identity is flexible and negotiated . Depending on cultural context, our ethnic identities may fluctuate How is Ethnicity Created and Put in Motion?
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Ethnicity tends to play a background role in most people’s daily lives. That is to say, most people don’t actively think about and interact with their ethnicity during a regular day.
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