lecture30.0331 - Anthropology GSIs in the News (2) Alex...

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1 Anthropology GSIs in the News (2) Alex Reusing (GSI for Anthropology  101) encouraging worker solidarity at  the Big House on Tuesday, March 25,  2008. (Alex is by the fence with his back  to the camera.) This picture is from the front page of the  Ann Arbor News for Tuesday, March  25.
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2 (To Repeat) The Conditions of Change -- A  Breakdown in Order A. Greedy Gods  -- a break in human-god relations; stingy gods B. Greedy men -- the political order; stingy C. Changing economies and marriage practices D. Changing boundaries of the self
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3 An Anthropological Perspective A. Culture as models of  and models for reality B. Looking for pattern C. Where to begin?  The  person, maybe?
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4 Changing boundaries of the self Remember the story about the chhewar  (first hair-cutting ritual -- a rite of  passage)? How a group of men refused an offer of  food because of an argument about the  bounds of pollution?  The question was:   how far into the patriline did pollution  from one person’s bad action extend?
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5 Kinship as a fundamental system of classification Once we talk about “the person” we have to talk about the person in  context: about relationship, about kinship… -->the cultural notion of self (substance,  inheritance) -->organizing the social universe -->organizing the world & the heavens -->modeling “natural” relations between people -->modeling gender
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6 So, some questions: How might gender (and women in particular) be central to the 
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