a. The final exam will probably be a take-home exam.
b. Students will be separated into two groups. Each group will be required to
produce a position paper as a response to a question.
b.i. This is an exercise to make people work as a team.
a. The title of the course is: Religion and Healing: Medical Ethics,
Ethnography, and Technology.
b. The class raises issues about the beginning of life and end of life.
c. Ethnography is research based on fieldwork.
c.i. Ethno- (people) graph
a. Clifford Geertz is a late, famous anthropologist.
b. His article is clear, precise, and gets at ethnography better than most
b.i. He wrote The Interpretation of Cultures.
c. Geertz learns about culture as if it were from a text.
Scientific Race Studies
a. One of the founders of anthropology was Franz Boas.
a.i. He was from a middle-class Jewish German family.
a.ii. He was doing a geography Ph.D. on the color of seawater.
a.iii. He rented space on a boat going to the arctic.
People who commit crimes in Western nations can use excuses like culture,
religion, and honor statistically receive less severe sentences.
a. This shows how the definition of culture as shared meanings is incorrect
since meanings are very difficult for
I. Our Culture
a. Our culture reifies the idea that motherhood is a bedrock of society.
a.i. Hallmark makes money from Mothers Day.
b. The 1950s American role of women was nurturance.
c. The gender division of labor in America has shifted culturally sever
I. Constructivism (opposite of 19th century anthropological thinking on evolution)
a. This concept emerged in the 1970s. It says that kinship is structured
entirely by culture. Kinship is whatever a local society constructs it to be.
A family is whatever
I. Kinship (the way anthropologists describe how people are related to each other,
not necessarily based on genetic relatedness)
a. Kinship is a basic human capacity since every society has some
conception of it.
b. Anthropologists following the Euro-Amer
I. Public Health
a. A common question in this field is, Why are poor women getting
pregnant and having children?
b. In order to make an educated intuition, it requires hermeneutic generosity
to put oneself in the poor womans shoes. This also requires enga
I. Ethics of Relationships
a. Its relationship with reproductive ethics and culture.
b. Why do we start with the topic of relationships?
c. The social world is complicated
c.i. Positionality means that there is no view of the world from no
place. No matte