lecture17.0218a - Review Sessions for Exam! 1. Monday - Feb...

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1 1 Review Sessions for Exam 1. Monday -- Feb 21 -- in class review (MLB 3) 2. Monday – Feb 21 – 6:00-8:00 pm, Angell Hall Auditorium A: GSI led review – bring your questions! 3. Tuesday -- Feb 22 -- 2:00-5:00 pm; special office hours in Chair’s Office (Tom Fricke), 101 West Hall Lecture 16, 02/16/11 2 Night Life: Nepal Fieldnotes (1) “At night in Thamel, the jillimilli streets glitter in neon. There is a Gap store, a North Face store and high bold billboards advertising whiskey and cigarettes and motorcycles. I go to Himalayan Java for strong black coffee like I can get in Ann Arbor. Just below, women from the Terai work the crowd, either selling trinkets or begging. Cripples are set out on the curbs every morning to attract the coins of passers-by into their bowls. Street children, their hair wild like spent summer dandelions and their clothes ragged and smeared, press up against the windows of cars stopped in traffic. Sometimes I see them sitting against a wall, inhaling from paper bags -- kerosene maybe, or meth.” Lecture 17, 02/18/11
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2 3 Thamel, 11:00 PM . . . (2) “The street, empty an hour earlier was jammed with taxis and rickshaws. A platoon of soldiers gets out of a truck and shambles by with their guns held low. Young girls dressed in jeans and tight t-shirts poured from the second story clubs lining the edges of Thamel. They walked in pairs, laughing and joking, by the clumps of young Nepali men, sometimes stopping to talk with them. Most of the girls were prostitutes, of a fancier sort than you find in the poor man’s brothels of Sorakhutte where the Tamang girls used to work.” Lecture 17, 02/18/11 4 We overhear the banter. . . (3) “A thousand rupees and we’ll drink beer together through the night.” “A thousand? No, that’s nothing. It costs me a thousand just to sleep. Make it two thousand.” “Fifteen hundred for the whole night.” Lecture 17, 02/18/11
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3 5 Nepal . . . (4) “We are the only foreigners on the street. We attract attention and some of the girls come to talk with us. Three transvestites race by in a taxi, their faces thickly made up, their ear-rings dangling. One shouts out an offer for sex with us. One girl, younger than the rest comes closer and talks. She is just a child. I ask her where she is from: Trisuli. I ask her age: seventeen. And why she is here: for work. Her face is sweet and cool in the night. Her voice is a little girl’s. She touches my hand and I smile at her. I fill with a sadness as deep as the night.” Lecture 17, 02/18/11 Gender Gender always has to do with more than just resources & biology; it is an aspect of culture that takes on powerful symbolic associations, too The explanations of certain behaviors have to consider these associations as well; 1. meaning systems and resources, 2. kinship, 3. politics 6 Lecture 17, 02/18/11
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