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2 Tutorial Room Change: Tuesdays (today) 3-4 pm are now in Meston MT010 Building just before QML. Go straight in, through several sets of doors to stairway. Down stairs and then backtrack towards front of building. Follow signs for seminar rooms. Hallway to right. Seminar room 10

3 Your own mother, Your own sister, Your own pigs, Your own yams that you have piled up, You may not eat. Other peoples mothers, Other peoples sisters, Other peoples pigs, Other peoples yams that they have piled up, You may eat. M. Mead Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies. New York: Quill. P. 83.

4 Special Relativity (Near lightspeed railroad cars) The people in a car traveling at 1 / 2 c pass a car traveling at 1 / 4 c. From the point of view of the fast car, the slower cars clock is running fast, and their tables are shorter. Einsteins theory of General Relativity Mass warps space and time. You cant do physics in someone elses frame of reference. Anthropology is about trying to get into someone elses frame of reference Frames of Reference

5 Leave aside political, ethnical judgements A culture is best understood on its own terms, sui generis Remember:culture is not a thing, it is an abstraction invented by anthropologists to make it easier for them to write about their work. Culture is a frame of reference

6 What separates man from beast? (bad question) Where does nature end and culture begin? (bad question) What is the meaning of life? (bad question) Nature and Culture

7 What are these people up to? What sense does it make to them? How can I understand their sense of it? Instead of what is the meaning of life? What do their lives mean? Cultivating good questions

8 What is a sister or a brother? (non-question) What is the relationship sister-brother, mother-daughter, wife-mother-in-law? (structuralism) Kinship structures

9 Based primarily on data from Australia and using Durkheims theory of religion as a point of departure. Totemism is part of a larger social complex than just a symbol and its group It is a special development of general ritual relations between man and natural species. Requires 1) great dependence on natural productions for subsistence 2) Segmentary organisation into clans or similar social units Radcliffe-Browns theory of Totemism

10 R-B and others are bogged down in the details Need to abstract to more general understanding Clan1 > Animal a (wrong) Clan2> Animal b Clan1 Clan2 Clan3 etc. Animal a Animal b Animal c etc. Levi-Strausss theory of totemism

11 Genealogical method

12 Supplemental Readings One chapter from a book Journal article QML Library or

13 Tutorial Room Change: Tuesdays (today) 3-4 pm are now in Meston MT010 Building just before QML. Go straight in, through several sets of doors to stairway. Down stairs and then backtrack towards front of building. Follow signs for seminar rooms. Hallway to right. Seminar room 10


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