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anthro101lec04.jan14friend.y08 - ANTHROPOLOGY 101 LECTURE...

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ANTHROPOLOGY 101 01.14.08 LECTURE 04 Fricke 2008 Today's lecture was an elaboration on the essay, "Imagining Yhebe: Friendship and the Field." I hadn't planned on posting supplementary notes as I have been doing for other lectures, but several people asked for something. The PowerPoint presentation slides pretty much give you the food for thought that derives from the reading itself -- you should go to the reading and look for the parts that illustrate or relate to those points. But since some have asked, let me hit a few key points again for you. 1. By focusing on the idea of friendship, the relationship between an anthropologist and the people she works with (think McHugh, think Fricke for examples), we can highlight the point that the methods of anthropology aren't so different (although maybe more formalized) than those we use in our everyday life. Since anthropology is the study of the human condition, it makes sense that we would want to be "person-centered" and focused on real flesh and blood people -- in other words, people that we want to know . (To know a person is to begin to know a culture.) 2. No mystery here, right? And yet when we read James Agee's beautiful statement of what a concrete, flesh and blood person is, we see that he invokes exactly that: mystery (and dignity). He's saying that
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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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