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ANTHROPOLOGY 101 01.23.08 LECTURE 07 Ethnicity, Race and Other Categories of Contact Jackson 1-3 I. Getting us started. . the Warlpiri A. Opened with a quick take on Michael Jackson's opening chapters, beginning with the quote that once again emphasizes the "person centeredness" of anthropology -- think of that James Agee quote again from the Yhebe essay: "Life cannot be pressed into the service of language. Concepts represent life at the cost of leaving a lot unsaid. So long as we use concepts to cut up experience, giving value to some things at the expense of others, we inhibit our sense of the plenitude of Being. We gain some purchase in the world, to be sure, but claiming that our concepts contain all that can be usefully said about experience, we close off the possibility of critique. It is only when we cease trying to control the world that we can overcome our fixation on the autarchy of concepts." (Jackson, p. 5) -- this quote reminds us that, although we use categories and concepts to think, we must always be wary of letting the categories shield us from the world's real complexity -- this comes to be especially true when we think of our categories for people, and especially for the things we associate with "racial" categories B. Summarizing the last lecture on ethnicity: A couple of universals we’ve talked about: 1) humans are social animals; all humans live socially 2) all humans perceive the world in terms of culture (models of and models for) -- in terms of meaning -- in terms of categories -- in terms of stories Other humans are part of the world we perceive culturally We give meaning to and categorize ourselves and other people in terms of culture -- through categorical memberships -- through stories we tell C. Jackson's book, At Home in the World , is a wonderful introduction to anthropology as a way to think of the world. That first chapter tells us that the motives for research involve questions that are personal, in Jackson's case, the question of "home." Some quotes for you to think about: 1 "This book is about the experience of home. It is a record of a journey in search of what it means, in the late twentieth century, to be at home in the world." 1-2 "Ours is a century of uprootedness. All over the world, fewer and fewer people live out their lives in the place where they were born. Perhaps at no other time in 1
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ANTHROPOLOGY 101 01.23.08 LECTURE 07 Ethnicity, Race and Other Categories of Contact Jackson 1-3 history has the question of belonging seemed so urgent. Since the end of the Second World War, millions of men ad women have migrated from impoverished countries of the south to cities of the industrialized north because they see no future for themselves at home. They sell their labor and hope to return to villages where they will become heroes." 2 Edward Said describes exile as 'the unbearable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home.' For a lot of people this
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