Evaluating Perceptions of the Other
- In terms of subjectivity:
- None of the great Medieval encyclopedists or travelers of the period ever
possessed the sort of scientific (detached) sensibility that was a part of the
thinking of Horodotus.
October 11th, 2011
In the beginning
- The first book of Genesis in the bible, actually gives two explanations of creation.
- Nevertheless, it is important to remind ourselves what it does say.
- And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Oct 18th, 2011
The Indian Question
- immediately preceding and still during Boas lifetime, a critical question
among American scholars was:
Can we preserve the culture of the Red Man?
- This question acknowledged value in the Native Other.
- This qu
Oct 4th, 2011
Travel in the Age of Empire
- The two main frames of reference for travel after the Renaissance were:
- Hence, centuries after the Crusades, we find the same European states interested in
- In the previous week, we looked at the Classical Heritage by considering Ancient
Greece and Imperial Rome.
- More specifically, we looked at The Greek Herodotus and the Roman Pliny.
Classical in Retrospect:
- It is important to note th
- Born in 1854 (Victorian, imperial England).
- Died in 1941 (within WWII and the chaos of the modernity).
- HIs thinking was both of his time (19th century) and out of it (20th century).
- a classical Victorian scholar
September 27th 2011
- much of this history is Eurocentric in nature - not because other peoples did not have
anthropological perspectives - but largely because of the differential legacy of
information (we know more from certain
September 20th 2011
The Anthropological Other:
- Its about distancing
- Its about subjects of enquiry
- Its about objectivity
- It sets up the implicit relationship between investigator and investigated.
- recognizing that we are actively studying p
The Atlantic Divide
- notion of society
- notion of culture
- interest in structure
- interest in types
- socio-structural relations
- psycho-social relations
- colonial locations
- internal locations
- preserving exotic Other
September 15th 2011
Foundations of Anthropological Thought
Anthros: Greek for man/human
ology: study of (derived from Greek/Latin)
Anthropology: the study of mankind/humankind
- the study of human kind of human beings as beings and societies and cul