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lecture_13_2 - 21A.100 Prof. Howe The Nuer 1. The Nuer a....

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21A.100 Prof. Howe The Nuer 1. The Nuer a. Famous in anthropology long before Hutchinson’s book i. The Nuer were pacified by the British colonial forces 1. After their pacification anthropologists could study them 2. Much of early anthropology was caught up in colonialism b. Studied by many, but there can’t be a definitive book on their culture or any other i. All ethnographies are “partial and limited” 1. all anthropologists have a point of view 2. There is so much to say about every culture 3. i.e. More than 100 people have written about the Kuna in the 20 th century ii. Anthropologists come to a culture with questions they want to answer 2. Evans-Pritchard’s Questions a. Had questions on “primitive thinking” i. Prevailing belief at the time was that “Primitives thought in primitive ways”
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ii. 19 th century anthropologists Tyler and Frazer explained an evolution from magic to religion to science in terms of slowly improving rationality: 1. Magic – man is omnipotent and can control nature to his will 2. Religion – man is impotant and must look to gods for power 3. Science – the ultimate method of thought iii. Levy-Bruhl said that people get wrapped up in their collective ways of thinking such they they can no longer think rationally b. Studied the Azande for answers i. EP went in thinking about these notions of thought
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course ANTHR 100 taught by Professor Howe during the Fall '09 term at MIT.

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