ANT100 – Socio-Cultural Section – Week Three Prof. Joshua Barker, Wed. 4-5pm, AP228 1. How do anthropologists go about studying cultural differences? 2. What is culture in an age of globalization 3. Is culture determined by something else? 4. What is society? 1. How do anthropologists go about studying cultural differences? • Review: Clifford Geertz and interpretive anthropology, e.g. the cough and the hack, the importance of context, the importance of the ‘native point of view’ • Review: Methods in SCA research: what is ethnography?; fieldwork; quantitative vs. qualitative methods; participant observation • Armchair anthropologists vs. fieldwork anthropologists 2. What is culture in an age of globalization? • Globalization as homogenization of culture, e.g. Avatar as a representation of salvage anthropology in the face of homogenization/eradication of culture; the history of the ‘noble savage’ idea, the Black Legend and White Legend of the conquistatores • Compare Appadurai on unevenness of globalization given the complexity
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