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Week of October 9
Readings, Week of September 25
In Damien Hirst's Big, Shiny Universe, Glass and Steel Meet Pills and Pain
By Roberta Smith. September 29, 2000.
Pass or Prepared? On Damien Hirst and Postmodernism
Breaking News on Indigenous Peoples:
Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Acknowledges "Legacy of Racism"
Just came in from PEC list. jeanne
The Yanomami, the Academy, and Adversarialism
Current Research on the Yanomami
University of California, Santa Barbara, Anthropology Department
Reports of Learning:
Instructions on Reports of Learning
First Reports Going Up
Graduate Theory Review:
Week of October 2
Local Hub Sites
Latest update: October 3, 2000.
Recommended Readings for jeanne's Classes:
- The Yanomami The Yanomami are the aboriginals in the midst of the anthropological crisis. Follow the Yanomami link, where you will find an entire set of readings and exam questions for all classes. jeanne.
- Postmodernism Readings on Postmodernism
'What ish my nation?': Towards a Negative Definition of Identity by Eugene O'Brien. Graduate level theory discussion. References to Derrida, Baudrillard, Bhabha, Horkheimer, Adorno and others.
Autobiography and Black Identity Politics: Racialization in 20th Century America Link added July 2000.
Eugene O'Brien describes colonial identity in much the same way minority identity was described in Images of Color, Images of Crime, as identity stereotypically imposed upon a colonized people by the colonizers. For example the indigenous peoples of America (the Western hemisphere) were described as "noble savages" or as the Yanomami were seen in The Ax Fight of Napoleon Chagnon. Explain the dilemma of the colonial identity as an aspect of distributive justice.
Request that students who are interested in this review let me know in what order they'd like to take theorists. We'll meet Tuesday in my office. I should be there from 4 p.m. on. jeanne
jeanne would have bolted as a kid if a stranger had approached her to measure her subcutaneous tissue. Even if it had been a stranger sanctioned by adults in her tribes. jeanne was not a trusting child. Maybe she was one of the orphaned Yanomami. Jeanne Anderson would not have bolted. As a future nurse she trusted the adults more. Perhaps she wasn't one of the orphaned ones. (jeanne and Jeanne are fantasizing their reactions, based on what they remember of their childhood. Jeanne says "It doesn't hurt!" jeanne says "Don't touch!" People, including children, react differently.
Will these different reactions affect the results of the Yanomami study from the Cejal Project? Consider the qualitative results and the quantitative results.
If the Yanomami Controversy were taken as a peacemaking project for this class, what would you suggest? Is there a way to get from adversarialism to mutuality? Try to map out the roles of the Anthropology Association, those who defend positivism and scientific research of "primitive" peoples, and those who defend the right to respect of indigenous peoples. Try also to consider the interdependence of the social groups involved and the individuals involved.
For a report of learning, you might consider describing what this controversy has taught you.