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1 And Now… On to “Culture” -- Anthropology’s BIG  Word The Word: roots in a Latin word,  colere colere :  inhabit,  cultivate,  protect,  honor with worship cultivate:  tending,  raising,  bringing  to  fruition
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2 How Might We Begin? Let’s begin with something Sirman said to us  in the last lecture: “But I’ll tell you, there’s nobody in the  village now -- a few old people, but that’s it.   All this fighting, all this looking for  difference. . . .  But they’re all really the  same.”  “Everybody looks for difference . . . .  And  then they fight. You know, it’s greed that  makes us look for difference.”
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3 What Happens When We Begin with “Difference”? Edward Tylor's definition (1871): "Culture. ..is  that  complex  whole  which  includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law,  custom and any other capabilities and habits  acquired by man as a member of society" I call this “the kitchen sink definition” What do you notice about it?
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4 How About If We Begin with What We Have in  Common? How about beginning with the person? The Human Condition: “...the nature of humanity, a species  that lives, and can only live, in terms of  meanings it must construct in a world  devoid of intrinsic meaning but subject  to physical law.”  -- Roy Rappaport
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5 The Focus on  Meaning Let’s start with a story -- stories are  always good. This one is about the Crow Indians and  about a book by a guy named  Jonathan Lear: Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation
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6 “What could Plenty Coups’s utterance mean?” “Plenty Coups refused to speak of his  life after the passing of the buffalo, so  that his story seems to have been broken  off, leaving many years unaccounted  for.  ‘I have not told you half of what  happened when I was young,’ he said,  when urged to go on. ‘…[W]hen the  buffalo went away the hearts of my  people fell to the ground, and they could  not lift them up again.  After this  nothing happened.”
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7 Subject to Death
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2010 for the course ASIAN 260 taught by Professor Brown during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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