Language, Culture & Society - Anthropology 1004.10
Dr. Alexander S. Dent
Week 6, Lecture 2 Learning Language, Learning Culture
A. Does ontogeny recapitulate phylogeny, as per Haeckel?
a. Naming explosion might be one instance
i. Generally, language is not
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Language in Culture & Society - Anthropology 1004.10
Dr. Alexander 8. Dent
Week 1, Lecture 2 — Linguistics: Its Politics
Culture: a body of practices and rules for living that is shared b y a
Authencity shapes identity, presentation
African Art Dealers:
Relfects how cultures perceive each other or how Africans think westerners think of them
All about presentation; these authentic goods are presented as unique "illusion of discovery"
Midterm: Choose 2 (out of 3) and identify and explain significance.
For identification: 5Ws and H, about two paragraphs. Internal explanation (why is it significant within the
text its brought up?)
Significance: Why does matter to anthropology as a whole?
Remember to give the author, context, time period, significance, location, text, and relation to overall
- actually a relatively new concept, not in Oxford dictionary until 1976
- Sexuality is threatening homosexuality challenges some
Social Function of Witchcraft
Evans-Pritchard looked at the Azadre.
- Belief that certain members of society were witches, and could malevolently influence others.
So, they performed rituals and consulted oracles in an attempt to counteract it.
Structural Violence: Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu
Marx: Economic Relations, class structure, power relations: located power in society not the
impersonal or natural environment.
Capitalism masks the sources of exploitation and inequality.
Prevalence is about estimates, and covers change and not necessarily an increase.
- Black children rate skyrocketed recently, but they were also typically not diagnosed or
Why do we diagnose today and not in the past?
Because the term had a
Why is FBD marriage preferred, when possible?
Advantage: Fits the ideal of agnation (solidify and reaffirm the patrilineal ancestry)
- Keeps property and source of wealth in family line, people you can trust and not strangers.
Hierarchy and Hasham