wk 16A 2009 final lecture

wk 16A 2009 final lecture - Intro to Cultural Anthropology...

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Intro to Cultural Anthropology What should I take away from this class?
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Remember the First Day Warm Up Exercise? Personal Information Questionnaire Directions: Please provide all of the following information completely and carefully. Only one box may be checked in each category. This information is needed for very important purposes. This form is not optional.
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“Cultural Construction” Social and historical processes through which cultural meanings and practices are created reproduced transformed
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Ideology:a comprehensive vision or a way of looking at things. Every society has an ideology that forms the basis of the public opinion or “common sense” about how that society should work. Ex: Our classroom: The architecture of the seats and the room are based on ideological assumptions about the hierarchical relationship between teacher and taught which serve to “naturalize” professional authority. These assumptions are not explicit but are hidden as “common sense”
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What does the school desk tell us? Control of the body Focus of activity Nature of the social group
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Contrasting Classrooms Two seminars -- giving different messages: Direction of conversation Control over orientation, body Flow of information, analysis
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Constructing a Nation Creation of an infrastructure to integrate members into a common bureaucracy Imposition of a common language on its citizens Facilitation of travel Creation of a national media to disseminate information Creation of infrastructure for the collection of taxes and revenues Creation of a judicial system through which to maintain authority Requirement of military training Creation of a national educational system to train and socialize children to be “good citizens.”
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Key Symbols In every culture, certain symbols acquire greater significance These symbols serve as major vehicles for conceptualization of
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2009 for the course ANT 302 taught by Professor Seriff during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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