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Slides for the fourth class meeting of Alexandre Enkerli's course ANTH 326 Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa

Slides for the fourth class meeting of Alexandre Enkerli's course ANTH 326 Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • 1. ANTH326 Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa Meeting 4, Social Structure September 29, 2010
  • 2. Project
  • 3. Related References
    • Grinker, Lubkemann, and Steiner
    • How to Write about Africa
      • http://www.granta.com/Magazine/92/How-to-Write-About-Africa
      • Binyavanga Wainaina
    • Ma famille
      • Ivoirian series
      • Tou.tv until October 4
      • http://www.tou.tv/ma-famille
  • 4. Africa as Mirror
    • Define Western by contrast
    • Similar to Orientalism
    • The go-to Other
    • Nostalgia
    • Stigmatization
    • "Third World"
  • 5. Impossible to generalize
    • Unusual cases
    • Catalogue
    • Contrasting cases within Africa
    • Contrast with alleged reader's notions
    • Particular to broader
  • 6. McCall
  • 7. Approach
    • Playing with narrative
      • Start with striking
      • Contextualize
    • What colonial administrators missed
    • What colonial administrators created
  • 8. Intro to Culture
    • Kinship/household
    • Cultural relativism and polygyny
    • Corporate ownership
    • Gerontocracy
    • Caste-like stratification
  • 9. Infrastructure
    • Modes of production and reproduction
    • Agrarian by default
    • Market
  • 10. Structure
    • Authority
    • Joking relationships
    • Solidarity
    • Sodalities
      • Age sets/grades
      • Cohorts
      • Institutionalized
    • Gender
  • 11. Southall
  • 12. "Tribal"
    • Preconceptions
    • Technical definition
    • A posteriori definition
  • 13. Defining Groups
    • Core part of social science
    • Group construction
    • Impact of outside definitions
    • Allegiance
    • Language (Herder)
    • Negotiated boundaries
      • Barth
  • 14. Constructed Groups
    • Widespread
      • Even found in Europe
    • Divide and conquer
    • United we stand
    • Necessary in context
    • Primary identity
    • Causing wars
    • Solution in ethnic groups?
  • 15. Complexity
    • Layered identities
    • Fluidity
      • Changes in identity
      • Urban/rural
      • Social networks
  • 16. Modernity
    • Modern Africa
    • Associated to colonialism
    • Different from Westernization
    • Nationalism
    • Individualism
  • 17. Contemporary Africa
    • Modern
    • Young
    • Diverse
  • 18. States in Africa
    • Long history
      • Kingdoms and Empires
    • Next to small-scale groups
    • Embed small-scale groups
    • Nation-states
      • Somali as textbook case