Identities - Part 1of course - introduced basic...

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Part 1of course - introduced basic perspectives and concepts related to the study of culture, now we are taking up core themes Part 2 of course 3 big themes: Identity, Politics and Economy you will see many of the issues and concepts from part 1 that are now familiar to used by anthropologists in the readings for Part 2
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Identities Belonging and Exclusion The social construction of identity
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The social construction of identity Sees identity NOT as something inside the individual but as a social relationship Anthropologist-Fredrik Barth defined ethnicity as “ the social organization of culture difference.’
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quotation “Everything has been figured out, except how to live.” Jean-Paul Sartre
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The Social Construction of Identity To see identity like an anthropologist We need to critically examine— -essentialist ideas And also -mythologies surrounding individual choice
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essentialism Sees identity as an essence, an inherent quality or characteristic of the individual Sees identity as unchanging, fixed, given, primordial Sees identity as independent of context, and outside of history
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essentialism Sometimes mapped onto biological or observable physical features, “naturalizing” or “biologizing” Related concept ‘biological determinism’ -the notion that physical facts of nature or biology cause human behavior
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Individuals choose within a larger context- [within economic and other constraints] -Context includes cultural notions of what is
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2010 for the course ANTHRO Anthro 2A taught by Professor Victoriabernal during the Fall '10 term at UC Irvine.

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