ANTH326 Meeting 10 (Final)

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  • 1. ANTH326 Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa Meeting 10, November 12, 2007
  • 2. Wrap-Up
    • Threads from weeks
    • Making links (Where can be found?)
  • 3. Wrap-Up Threads
    • Colonialism
      • Kinship
    • Choice of words, impact of word choice
    • Gender
    • Groups
    • Worldviews
    • Conceptions
  • 4. Groups
    • Constructs, not bounded
    • Tribalism
      • Ambiguity/stereotypes
      • Negative connotation in nationalist contexts
    • Multiplicity of identities: language, rural/urban, traditional/modern
  • 5. Worldviews
    • Romanticism, Western imagination, noble savage
    • Enlightenment, mechanization, industrial revolution
  • 6. Conceptions
    • Misconceptions, portrayals, anthropological perspectives (Keim, today, portraying colonialism)
  • 7. Feedback on Course
    • Received feedback
    • Giving feedback
      • Teaching experience
      • Learning experience
    • Happy with recent developments
  • 8. Breakthrough?
    • Two weeks ago
    • Discussed last week
    • Assignments
    • Journal entries
    • Private communication
  • 9. Concordia
    • Taught elsewhere (NB, MA, IN, Qc)
    • Impressed by Concordia students
      • Diversity of viewpoints
      • Thoughtfulness
      • Engaged learners
    • Dual Jesuit/community background?
  • 10. Critical Thinking
    • Implications of statements
    • Putting in perspective
    • Using different angles
    • Not take anything for granted
  • 11. This Course
    • No exception to Concordia impression
      • Impressed by course participants
    • Challenging course
      • Touchy topics
      • Passionate
      • Get deeper
  • 12. Behaviour
    • Some issues with disruptive behaviour
      • Not paying attention
      • Non-germane points
      • Cutting off
      • Taking individuals to task
      • Individual talking/whispering
    • Firm on disruptive behaviour
    • Debates are fine when respectful
  • 13. Debate Bubble
    • Biological evolution vs. Creation
    • Quantum field vs. String theories
    • Right vs. Left
    • Canadiens vs. Senators
    • HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray
  • 14. Themes from Readings
    • Team reporter
    • Maximum four themes
    • Two minutes per theme
    • Will not open discussion
  • 15. Rodney
    • Guyana
    • UWI, SOAS
    • Activism
    • Idealized/simplified pre-colonial Africa
    • Impressed by Tanzania
  • 16. Rodney Themes Team 1
    • Reply to colonization as positive or negative?
      • No fruits/benefits, in his perspective
      • Capitalists benefitting
      • Not establishing working class
    • Puppet governments
      • Serve interests
      • Not representative
    • Taking away history (beetles, Enlightenment)
    • Gender issues, woman’s rights, loss status
    • Past perspectives, how apply today?
    • Concept of tribe
  • 17. Rodney Themes Team 2
    • Taking out outweighs bringing in
    • White Man’s Burden
    • Racial (link to Comaroffs)
      • One-sided terminology perpetuates
    • Prevented from skilled labour (reserved)
      • No industry development
    • Health, hospitals benefitting colonialists
      • Not training doctors
    • Agriculture revolution, subsistence farming
    • One-sided on negative impact
  • 18. Rodney Themes Team 3
    • Negative aspects
    • Refute media’s positive twist
    • Labour and value
    • Pay geologists, but no Africans
    • Post-Independence, doing better for health
  • 19. Rodney Themes Team 4
    • All the social services benefiting European
    • Capital brought into Africa going back
    • Created no skilled labour
    • Africans not create own country, history
    • Gender and power, men’s work as modern, women’s work as traditional
  • 20. Questions on Rodney
    • How is Rodney like Diop?
    • How is Rodney unlike Diop?
    • Similarities “colonial underdevelopment” with “international development”
    • Differences “colonial underdevelopment” with “international development”
  • 21. Rodney like Diop
    • Critical stance against West
    • West got all wrong
      • History (get straight)
      • Helping
    • (Diop/culture), Rodney’s materialism
  • 22. Rodney unlike Diop
    • Rodney’s strong, personal, deconstructed
      • Critique of West
    • Rodney not acknowledging racial
      • Economy vs. cultural
    • “ Academic” posturing vs. activist
  • 23. Similarities “colonial” /“international”
    • Justifications for development (burden)
    • Benefactors
      • Exploitation resources
    • Internal/external views
    • Imperialism vs. neo-imperialism
    • Globalization, diffusion, Western hegemony
    • Illusion of choice, forced to join system
  • 24. Differences “colonial” /“international”
    • Empires vs. global entities
      • Country vs. World Bank
    • Ruling vs. country governance
    • Change country’s capital to loans
    • Religious/scientific vs. global/moral for control
      • Justification
    • Industrialisation (now huge projects)
      • Infrastructure
    • Different Players
    • Paternalistic vs. created needs
  • 25. Use of Terms
    • Worth repeating
    • Not banning terms
      • Using terms carefully
      • Define terms used (“tradition” two weeks ago)
    • Authors using loaded terms for effect
      • Inappropriate in an assignment
      • Readership
    • Terms less important than concepts
  • 26. Broad Identities (Again)
    • Problematize
      • “ African”
      • “ European”
      • “ Black”
      • “ White”
      • “ Tribe”
        • Africanist Obsession?
    • Multiplicity (ethnicity in states)
  • 27. Comaroffs Themes
    • Africa as woman
    • European male vs. woman and other
    • Phenotypes and culture in science
      • With racial constructs
    • Africa as “missing link”
    • Good intentions (science as new Bible)
    • Rational/conscious/male vs.
    • Look at selves/conceptions, not look at Africa