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1 1 Bringing Things Together: "Models of" & "Models for" in McHugh's Book Here's how we said we might think of culture: -- as "models of reality" -- as "models for reality" Or: As ways of seeing the world and ways of orienting behavior in it Our worlds have meaning; we explain it in terms of that meaning; we are motivated to act & orient ourselves in terms of it Lecture 14, 02/11/11 2 “explain the world” “Well, the Lord is more powerful than our old gods. And there is a history here that is bigger. When the Lord made people, he made them naked and they lived in the forest like wild animals. The Lord kept an eye on them. He taught them how to make clothes, how to plant their own crops for food. He gave them bikas -- he gave them development. Our old gods didn’t do this. And the Lord gave development to people and they took that development in their turn and spread it to others.” Lecture 14, 02/11/11
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2 3 Moods & Motivations: Orienting… “All this fighting, all this looking for difference. Even the Christians say they’re one kind or the other. But they’re all really the same. Some honor Isu’s mother, some don’t. There’s not much difference there. But everybody looks for difference… And then they fight. “I liked the old ways best, before foreign money came, when the old habits were honored, when nobody sought their own advantage. .. You know, it’s greed that makes us look for difference.” Lecture 14, 02/11/11 4 Honor, greed, generosity: McHugh: “Gurungs consider graciousness to be a mark of honor and to treat someone else with disrespect is to call your own standing into question.” Yhebe again: When I think about it, I think I liked the old ways best, before foreign money came, when the old habits were honored, when nobody sought their own advantage. .. You know, it’s greed that makes us look for difference.” Lecture 14, 02/11/11
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3 5 Being a Person… Some things to look for in Ernestine McHugh’s book: nature of the person nature of the social (ethic of generosity & exchange) Look for how these two things permeate different domains of culture and social life: religion kinship & family a person’s life Lecture 14, 02/11/11 6 Elements of a “Person”: The Physical & the Meaningful “Honor is passed through blood and bone. It is physical, inherited, essential, yet it must be enacted to be socially real, through gifts and hospitality, through power and ownership. It is inherited, yet must be cultivated. It is essential, yet can be lost.” Lecture 14, 02/11/11
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4 7 The Social: “There, the proper place for bodies is together… in the midst of people” “‘Don’t you ever want to be alone?’ I asked Tson. “‘I sometimes
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