lecture07.0123.race - Race and Ethnicity What is "race" and...

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1 Race and Ethnicity What is “race” and how has it been used? What are the problems of racialist thinking?
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2 Michael Jackson on Categories (Compare this to the  Agee quote)  “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."
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3 Some key points from last lectures: A.  A couple of universals we’ve talked about: 1) humans are social animals; all humans live socially 1) 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
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4 Some key points from last lectures: B.  Other humans are part of the world we perceive culturally C.  We give meaning to and categorize ourselves and other  people in terms of culture -- through categorical memberships -- through stories we tell
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5 Jackson: Choosing the Warlpiri “One photo showed Nyirippi itself -- a  handful of tin houses in the middle of a  spiniflex plain.” “There were photos of smiling women and  laughing children. ‘Here we are now, back in  our own country, Nyirippi,’ reads the  caption by Charlie Jampijinpa Gallagher.” “ It was the photos of Nyirripi that drew me  to Central Australia.”
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6 Warlpiri Places
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7 Stereotypes, Inequalities “On one side of Caroline street is a row of rundown terrace houses. . . .   Many non-Aborigines call the neighborhood an Aboriginal ghetto.   They will tell you it is not a safe area and ask you what on earth  you're doing down there.  Cab drivers refuse to take you farther  than the top of the street.  They earbash you with accounts of  Aboriginal kids breaking taxi windows with volleys of stones." "There is a lot of anger in Caroline Street."
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course ANTHRO 101 taught by Professor Peters during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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