ANTHROPOLOGY 101; Winter 2008
Interlude. Take a look at the following quote and ask yourself what your first
Who is being described?
By whom (or a person of what area?):
In _______ A.D. ________ described __________ as a source of
slave girls and boys, brocade, beaver skins, glue, sable, and swords,’ and not
A century later another ______ geographer.
... wrote that
_________ were dull in mind and heavy in speech, and the
farther they are to
the ________ the more stupid, gross, and brutish they are.’
Now, here’s the full quote.
Is this a surprise for you?
“In the mid-ninth century A.D. Ibn Khurraddhbeh described Western Europe
as a source of ‘eunuchs, slave girls and boys, brocade, beaver skins, glue,
sable, and swords,’ and not much more.
A century later another Muslim
geographer, the great Masudi, wrote that Europeans were dull in mind and
heavy in speech, and the ‘farther they are to the north the more stupid, gross,
and brutish they are.’”
“This is what any Muslim sophisticate would have expected of Christians,
particularly the ‘Franks,’ as Western Europeans were known in the Islamic
world, because these people, barbarians most of them, lived at the remote
Atlantic margin of Eurasia, far from the hearthlands of its high cultures.”
From Alfred Crosby, 1997, The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western
Cambridge University Press, p. 3.]
Emil Schimmelpfennig and the factory story
“Are you German?”
What’s Emil doing with that question?
establishing group membership