Anthropology #14 - Anthropology- Lecture #14 (Feb 25/10) -...

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Anthropology- Lecture #14 (Feb 25/10) - Socio-culture anthropology - Office hours: Wed 4-5 AP 228 - A “textbook” definition: o Socio-cultural anthropology is the sub-field of the discipline that seeks to understand and explain similarities and differences b/w contemporary societies and contemporary cultures around the world problem: technical doesn’t say what drives people to want to study socio-culture anthropology - What is it that Socio-Culture Anthropologists do? o Research projects: Fieldwork and participant observation o Analytic Practices Meiford Spiro: The work of socio-cultural anthropology is “to make the strange familiar and the familiar strange” o They do this kind of unique research Take those features of other societies that seem to be strange, “exotic”, other and tae those kind of practices and seek to make sense of them Look back at our own society and make it seem strange (standing outside and looking into your own culture) - Jacques Darrida o 1930-2004 o French philosopher and critic who invented “deconstruction”
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