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What is Culture? Culture is the lens through which we see the world. remember the expression ‘think outside the box’ Our own culture is our box and to see like an anthropologist you have to first see the box and then be able to think your way beyond it, and look at the world from different perspectives
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The unexamined life is not worth living .” Socrates There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact .” Sherlock Holmes There are no facts, only interpretations .” Friedrich Nietzsche What we observe is not nature itself, but nature  exposed to our method of questioning .” Werner Heisenberg
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The politics of knowledge Knowledge creates the world. It is not just a description of facts Maps are an example the earth is not flat a map is a form of translation, translating 3 dimensions into two
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Political map circa 2000
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A Map -- [like a theory, or a generalization, or a description, or an explanation] -- is a construction, a representation, not an objective mirror of reality. maps rely on symbolic representation- blue for water, for example choices must be made about what to include and exclude, only towns above a certain population threshold A map is constructed from a certain perspective
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eurocentrism Countries in the southern hemisphere are beginning to question conventional standards used by cartographers. They feel that European mapmakers committed an act of imperialism in the 17th century when they began placing their own continent at the top and centre of the page. This “upside down” map tries to redress this imbalance by standing the world on what we usually think of as its head. When confronted by such unconventional images, the
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