What are the learned, shared, ideas and patterns of behavior of this community?What are key beliefs, dynamics, and/or interactions in this community? (min 2-3 paragraphs)

Anth 206 Final Project Option 2 Mini-Ethnography

Do certain people have different roles or different power (is someone in charge)? Do certain individuals interact with each other or some individuals not interact with others?

Describe the event or activity you observed. Include a map/ drawing of the layout of the location, description of people involved
and their roles, observations from the events/ activity itself, descriptions of any objects, clothing, or special items used in the event. (min. 2-3 paragraphs)

What are the learned, shared, ideas and patterns of behavior of this community?

What did you learn about this community through your observations and interviews?

What are key beliefs, dynamics, and/or interactions in this community? (min 2-3 paragraphs)

What did you learn about this group? What additional questions do you still have for the community? What ideas do you have for continued study of this community? (min. 1-2 paragraphs)

What do Aka and Ngandu women mean when they refer to menopause as being “like a man?” What life lessons might you have learned from Nali, Konga, Therese, and Blondine?

Listen, Here’s A Story –by Bonnie L. Hewlett

Assignment #3: Chapters 5 through 7

Divorce is a common feature of married life, both within our own culture and that of the Aka and Ngandu. How are their causes of divorce similar or different to causes of divorce in parts of the Western World? Women from both populations spoke about the difficulty of polygyny, but a few women also noted how beneficial it was for their husbands to bring home a second wife. What would you consider to be potential benefits of polygyny? What factors of polygyny might make it difficult for some women to accept? What do Aka and Ngandu women mean when they refer to menopause as being “like a man?” What life lessons might you have learned from Nali, Konga, Therese, and Blondine?

Reflect on the various ways you have “learned” about gender and sexuality throughout your life. Which influences do you think had the biggest impact?

Reflection #4

Prompt 1 (Week 10: Magic, Belief, and Religion)
Durkheim argued that a distinction between the sacred and the profane was a key characteristic of religion. Thinking about your own culture, what are some examples of ideas or objects that are considered “sacred”? What are the rules concerning how these objects or ideas should be treated? What are the penalties for people who do not follow these rules?

Prompt 2 (Weeks 11-12: Race)
García describes the reasons that race is considered a “discredited concept in human biology.” Despite this scientific fact, most people continue to believe that race is “real.” Why do you think race has continued to be an important social reality even after it has been discredited scientifically?

Prompt 3 (Weeks 13-14: Gender)
Reflect on the various ways you have “learned” about gender and sexuality throughout your life. Which influences do you think had the biggest impact?

“What is Race? is Race for real” – https://www.pbs.org/race/001_WhatIsRace/001_00-home.htm

Race: The power of illusion part1 video link –
https://capture.udel.edu/media/RaceA+The+Power+of+an+Illusion%2C+Ep.+1A+The+Difference+Between+us/1_de7u5ihx/180544301

PBS website “What is Race? is Race for real” – https://www.pbs.org/race/001_WhatIsRace/001_00-home.htm

Are there things that you can’t put a price on?is it all about the monetary value of the gift, or does gift-giving have a social value beyond the price tag?

Discussion Post 9: Economic Anthropology

Use these sources for the response:
The Many Hands Shirt: Reuniting a Family and an Heirloom
https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/many-hands-shirt-chief-black-horn/

In this column from Sapiens, a museum curator gives us an example of a key concept from chapter 8: the value of an object isn’t just measured in money. As you read this article, think about the ways that people value things outside of money. Are there things that you can’t put a price on?

“Throw Me Something, Mister!”
https://www.sapiens.org/culture/throw-me-something-mister/
This article considers the idea of gift exchange – another key concept from chapter 8 – as seen during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Read this article and think about the value of gift-giving: is it all about the monetary value of the gift, or does gift-giving have a social value beyond the price tag?

 

Does it set the scene? Has a rationale been established? Has the approach to the report been set out?Are the references properly incorporated into the text? Is the bibliography set out in an appropriate way?

Does it set the scene? Has a rationale been established? Has the approach to the report been set out?)

Does the material appear to come from a variety of sources, demonstrating a range of research?

Are the references properly incorporated into the text? Is the bibliography set out in an appropriate way?

Is the material relevant? Is the material presented in a logical way with well-reasoned arguments and a coherent arrangement? Has additional material such as charts etc been provided to reinforce the text where appropriate? Are such charts properly cross-referenced in to the text?

Is the linked bar chart appropriate? Does it contain the critical path and the float?)

Does the report reach a sensible conclusion that takes into account all aspects of the topic? Is the conclusion substantiated?)

Is the document neatly presented? Is it word-processed & with title sheet, contents page, page numbering, paragraph headings, 1½ line spacing etc? Does it have a logical structure? Are there any grammatical &/or spelling errors? Has use of 1st person been avoided?)

 What are the three forms of reciprocity, and what social differences exist in each type of exchange? Describe the Kula Ring and explain what benefits, both monetary and socially, come from participating in it.

 Answer these three questions in your weekly response:

Using an example that you’ve come up with on your own, illustrate the role of culture in determining what is considered a commodity and how much value is placed on that commodity.

What are the three forms of reciprocity, and what social differences exist in each type of exchange?

Describe the Kula Ring and explain what benefits, both monetary and socially, come from participating in it.