Seeingpart2 - The Cultural Construction of Reality “The salvation of humanity lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”-Martin Luther

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Unformatted text preview: The Cultural Construction of Reality “The salvation of humanity lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”----Martin Luther King, jr. “sometimes the things we desire most are things that disturb our lives in some fundamental way in order to bring about real change and set things in a new perspective” Lee Calhoun, The School for Strings Parent Handbook “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Alan Kay--He is the conceiver of the laptop computer and the architect of the modern windowing GUI [whatever that is or was]. Anthropology Makes the strange familiar and the familiar strange Is an exercise in critical inquiry Ethnographic Research ethnography– means a study of culture and is also the name for the books anthropologists write about culture How do anthropologists seek to understand beliefs and behaviors that are different from their own? Methods:fieldwork, participant observation “thick description,” analyzing, looking for patterns, theorizing Consider Morgan’s research methods She spent time with women in Ecuador [first two months, then six months] She talked to many people and got information from different social groups– including rural women, urban women, doctors, official records, men, popular media, scientific texts, laws, religious authorities Anthropology seeks a holistic view – not just the legal, or the religious, or the economic, etc. but how they are interconnected Culture is lense through which we see the world We are looking at reality from a perspective that we take for granted This shapes what we see and how we understand what we are seeing New Yorkers’ view of the world culture is also the language we...
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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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Seeingpart2 - The Cultural Construction of Reality “The salvation of humanity lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”-Martin Luther

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