Lecture05.0119 - And Now On to Culture-Anthropologys BIG Word How Might We Begin Lets begin with something Sirman said to us in the last lecture

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1 1 And Now… On to “Culture” -- Anthropology’s BIG Word The Word: roots in a Latin word, colere colere : inhabit, cultivate, protect, honor with worship cultivate: tending, raising, bringing to fruition Lecture 05, 01/19/11 2 How Might We Begin? Let’s begin with something Sirman said to us in the last lecture: “But I’ll tell you, there’s nobody in the village now -- a few old people, but that’s it. All this fighting, all this looking for difference. . . . But they’re all really the same.” “Everybody looks for difference . . . . And then they fight. You know, it’s greed that makes us look for difference.” Lecture 05, 01/19/11 3 What Happens When We Begin with “Difference”? Edward Tylor's definition (1871): "Culture. ..is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society" I call this “the kitchen sink definition” What do you notice about it? Lecture 05, 01/19/11 4 How About If We Begin with What We Have in Common? How about beginning with the person? The Human Condition: “...the nature of humanity, a species that lives, and can only live, in terms of meanings it must construct in a world devoid of intrinsic meaning but subject to physical law.” -- Roy Rappaport Lecture 05, 01/19/11 5 The Focus on Meaning Let’s start with a story -- stories are always good. This one is about the Crow Indians and about a book by a guy named Jonathan Lear: Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation Lecture 05, 01/19/11 6 “What could Plenty Coups’s utterance mean?” “Plenty Coups refused to speak of his life after the passing of the buffalo, so that his story seems to have been broken off, leaving many years unaccounted for. ‘I have not told you half of what happened when I was young,’ he said, when urged to go on. ‘…[W]hen the buffalo went
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Lecture05.0119 - And Now On to Culture-Anthropologys BIG Word How Might We Begin Lets begin with something Sirman said to us in the last lecture

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