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Reading Notes #1 - Weston Carter Reading Notes#1 ANTH 499...

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Weston Carter Reading Notes #1 February 27, 2007 ANTH 499 Essay #2 gives the notion that odors can often be used as ‘indicants of moral purity’ for groups. Foul odors can be reflected negatively within the social order, with actual consequences within society. The way one smells to others in a society particularly determines his/her own moral identity. Bad scents/smells are normally avoided by the majority of a typical society. Stereotypes of particular peoples can arise as part of a result of the malodor they emit. This is particularly true of the stereotype that African Americans are foul smelling, which has developed over time by white racists. ‘Skunks’ and ‘roses’ are stereotypes that emerged through social interpretations. These socially-generated stereotypes through perceptions have even identified farmers with manure and consequentially labeled them as ‘earthy-dirty’. I found this essay to be very enlightening. It contained a very true and an accurate description of how different societies perceive odors and the stereotypes associated with them. I
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