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Week of October 2, 2000

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Week of October 9
Readings, Week of September 25

Mind Candy:
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
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Graduate Theory Review:
Week of October 2

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Latest update: October 3, 2000.

Recommended Readings for jeanne's Classes:
  • Graduates: Exam Question

    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.

    Theory Class

    • Readings:
      • Post-Colonial Identity
        The Post-Colonial Perspective: "Nationalism . . . seeks to represent itself in the image of the Enlightenment and fails to do so. For Enlightenment itself, to assert its sovereignty as the universal ideal, needs it Other; if it could ever actualise itself in the real world as the truly universal, it would in fact destroy itself. [fn. omitted]" From Homi K. Bhabha essay in Contemporary Social Theory, p. 211.

        Exam Question:

        Since there is no place really left for colonization, is it predictable that we will begin to look more closely at our definitions of nationalism, sovereignty, and colonialism? Explain.
      • "Constitutive Criminology and Social Justice", George Barak and Stuart Henry, in Bruce A. Arrigo, ed., Social Justice/Criminal Justice, Wadsworth Publishing. 1999. Chapter 8, pp. 152-175.

      • Marxism is Dead! Long Live Marxism! by Nasreen Karim on the Progressive Sociologists Network In preparation for our study of Marx.

      • The Yanomami Skim the controversy.

      • Exam Questions:
        • Describe the adversarial compulsion you find in the Yanomami controversy, which threatens minimally bad publicity for the academy, and suggest a way this might have been avoided. What do you think Fellman might suggest? What do you think Henry and Milovanovic would have to say about the role of the media?
        • Has the book at the center of the controversy come out yet? What does this suggest about adversarial compulsion?

    • Graduate Theory Review
    • Tuesday, October 3:
      W.E.B. DuBois

      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

    • Statistics Class
    • Statistics Lab Material on the Yanomami for the week of October 2, 2000.

      • Exam Question
      • 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.

    • Love and Peace Class
    • The Yanomami Controversy

      • Exam Question
      • 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.