2005_10_27rev - Culture Embodiment and the Senses Thursday...

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Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses Thursday, 27 October 2005 Reading Erica James, “Haunting Ghosts: Madness, Gender and Ensekirite in Haiti in the Democratic Era.” Ms. Paul Farmer, “Sending Sickness: Sorcery, Politics, and Changing Concepts of AIDS in Rural Haiti,” Medical Anthropology Quarterly , Vol. 1, No. 4 (March 1990): 6-27. Questions to be considering How do we come to sense an object of sorcery and by what method? Keep in mind the experience itself and the methodology/construction of knowledge. How do the body and mind become objects of knowledge? How do individuals relate to the past? perceive objects? Merleau-Ponty examined going about analyzing using the phenomenological method : What happens during our perceptions? How do we look at relations between people? What are sensory engagements and a social level? How are relations ruptured? And how is it culturally specific? How is the self conceived in different cultures? How do we relate to one another in a social network? What is at stake when the conditions of the relationship are broken and what are the repercussions? How is the individual conceived? Discussion of readings from last time ± “Unbewitching as Therapy” by Jeanne Favret-Saada and Catherine Cullen – seminal in work on the senses (like the Herzfeld piece) ambiguous anthropological position – how is it politicized? does it allow us to learn more? Favret-Saada and Cullen offer a political economic analysis: isolated French community in countryside with intra-family competition for economic resources kinship is linked to local economic practices How are the social relations grounded in a political economic context? The idea of intersubjectivity – that the individual is connected at some deep level his social space, that surrounding individuals and objects are extensions of himself – is manifest in this article. .. Misfortunes befalling the farm are indicative of sorcery. The head of family (patron) is always 10/27/05, page 1 of 4
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the specific target of the sorcery and the sorcery is meant to target his bioeconomic potential . The
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