Wk 3A Meaning of Progress 1-28-08

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Wk 3: The Meaning of Progress Agenda: Monday: The Cultural Construction of Progress Wednesday: Film Clip: Cannibal Tours by Dennis O-Rourke
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“Cultural Construction” Social and historical processes through which cultural meanings and practices are created reproduced transformed We’ve started to discuss:
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The cultural construction of food Ways in which societies determine what is edible -- Robbins Text: What is edible? How we think about what is good How we respond to other foods and the people who eat them Now look at what it is reasonable to take into ourselves Are we willing to consume anything that comes from our own bodies? Eating “Boogers”? Sucking blood from a cut?
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What about Puppies? What do we think of when we see this image? What category does this animal fit in?
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What about puppies? What category does this animal fit in? Why does this seem “wrong” or “unreasonable”?
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The Cultural Construction of HOW we eat--not just what we eat
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Table Manners The Goops they lick their fingers And the Goops they lick their knives They spill their broth on the tablecloth-- Oh, they lead disgusting lives! The Goops they talk while eating, And loud and fast they chew, And that’s why I’m glad that I Am not a Goop---are you?
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Civilized vs. Savage Who are the Goops? What kinds of eating behavior do they engage in that are depicted as “uncivilized”? Who is learning the lesson of this “tale”? TV Reality Show: Super Nanny
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Random House definition of ‘savage” “Fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed… uncivilized; barbarous…enraged or furiously angry…unpolished, rude…wild or rugged….uncultivated; growing wild…an uncivilized human being …a fierce, brutal or cruel person Note how this definition is used to confirm the value of its opposite: civilized
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Cultural Construction of Progress I: Linear Time Time flows in one direction Cultures evolve over time from the simple to the complex “Primitive” cultures remain at a stage similar to the earliest humans
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17th Century Enterprise of Colonialism: Precursor to this idea of Progress 17th century colonization of the New World: Europeans in contact with Africans and American Indians. Must claim human superiority
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