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Does Gender Matter? Anthro 101 10 March 2008
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Family - expect the unexpected Family and kinship are key elements of all human sociality But the nature of family varies cross culturally “Daughter from Danang” = different expectations of family, obligations Can’t find too many aspects of culture, including family, that are universal
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Scheper-Hughes: “Death Without Weeping” Assume the universality of “mother love” S-H finds mothering to be not a natural but a cultural process, something that women have to learn Extreme poverty, northeast Brazil Women learn to “let go,” to distinguish the “fighters” from those born “wanting to die”
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Nuclear family, marriage thought to be universal Na, in China, have the “visit” - a deeply embedded social institution Communist Chinese government found lack of marriage to be “immoral” “In China, as elsewhere, it is not licentiousness that powers fear most. Nor even immorality. It is difference.”
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course ANTHRO 070:101 taught by Professor Goldstein during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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