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Performance and Performativity

Notes on “Performativity” by Richard Schechner, in Performance Studies: An Introduction. The anthropology of performance has two main branches. One focuses on things that are performances: ritual; theater and dance; play. The other focuses on things that are like performances, … Continue reading

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Structuralism and Post-structuralism

Notes on Gender and Anthropology, CH.6 and 7 Importance of studying ideology The ideational approach, much like the evolutionary and cultural materialist approaches also presumes itself to be foundational. Anthropologists and other cultural theorists do not see symbolism and ideologies … Continue reading

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Notes on Bonvillain CH.9

Notes on Bonvillain CH.9 – Gender and Religion Intro • Religion is a kind of symbolic practice and it can have a profound effect on how people see reality. Anthropology studies religion so that we can understand a people’s symbolism, … Continue reading

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Gender Diversity Crosscultural Variations by Serena Nanda; Chapter 4 & Chapter 5 Notes

Chapter 4 Liminal Gender Roles in Polynesia Gender relations in Polynesia are complementary 2 important widespread gender norms 1)      Respect relationships between brothers and sisters 2)      The division of women’s roles into the more positively valued virginal “girl”, and the … Continue reading

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Gender Diversity Crosscultural Variations by Serena Nanda; Chapter 6 & Chapter 7 Notes

Chapter Six Sex/Gender Diversity in Euro-American Cultures The current view of gender/sex and its division into only male/female, man/woman is reflected in pop culture, biology & social science. Apart from scholars or gender variants themselves the historical knowledge of alternatives … Continue reading

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BONVILLIAN CHAPTER 6 and 7 Notes: GENDER AND THE BODY

BONVILLIAN CHAPTER 6 and 7 Notes: GENDER AND THE BODY (Erika Primdahl, Leslie Hitt, Ashleigh, Van Straten, Stephanie Sisk, Jeff Florian, Jon Bentley) CH 6, 7, (and a little bit of 8)   CH 6 Statistics show that women working … Continue reading

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Notes on Chapter 8 by Bonvillain and Chapters 1, 2, and 3 by Nanda

Notes on Chapter 8-“Gender and the Body” by Bonvillain This chapter discusses how a culture’s belief systems convey cultural constructs of gender. Included in this discussion are beliefs about the human body and how they influence cultural constructs as well … Continue reading

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