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SOCI/ANT 441 Meeting 3

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SOCI/ANT 441 Meeting 3

  1. 1. SOCI/ANTH 441 Material Culture<br />Meeting 3, September 23, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Naji/Douny<br />
  3. 3. Unpacking<br />Working with text<br />Did last week<br />Take apart<br />Decompression<br />
  4. 4. Imagined readership?<br />Anglophone anthropology<br />"Look, over here, we're doing interesting stuff"<br />Taken seriously<br />Very concrete and very abstract<br />Sociological audience?<br />
  5. 5. Phenomenology<br />Connection with Dant<br />Much deeper<br />From surface to depth<br />
  6. 6. Academic culture<br />Do homework<br />Publish or perish<br />Collaboration<br />Special issue<br />European approaches<br />UCL, Marseille, Paris<br />
  7. 7. Typical French approach<br />Density<br />Sentence construction<br />"Unmaking"<br />"Foucauldian" as passing reference to Foucault<br />
  8. 8. Delve in definition<br />Cosmology<br />Containment<br />performativity<br />
  9. 9. Basic definitions<br />technique<br />technology<br />Human action<br />
  10. 10. Anglophone practice<br />Strings of citation<br />Buzzwords<br />Address material culture classics<br />
  11. 11. References<br />Almost review article<br />Case studies<br />
  12. 12. FTAT<br />List of scholars<br />Links between them<br />History of ideas<br />Research groups<br />Classic texts<br />Current research<br />
  13. 13. Material culture classics<br />Affordances<br />Sociality of<br />Leroi-Gourhan<br />Bourdieu'shabitus not enough space for agency and social change<br />Merleau-Ponty<br />Body and materiality<br />Address "literature of"<br />From creating and using to norms and practices<br />
  14. 14. Unmaking and Decay<br />Douny on trash<br />World without us<br />http://www.worldwithoutus.com/<br />Entropy and chaos<br />Object's life cycle<br />
  15. 15. Discover blog on body perception<br />Failing to appreciate doors, and other mysteries of brain space<br />http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2010/09/22/failing-to-appreciate-doors-and-other-mysteries-of-brain-space/<br />
  16. 16. Sensory Approaches<br />Sensory integration in anthropology<br />http://neuroanthropology.net/2008/05/27/children-integrating-their-senses/<br />Ashley Montagu on touch<br />Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin<br />occupational therapy and sensory stimulation<br />Jean Ayres Sensory Integration and the Child<br />
  17. 17. CoP (Eckert)<br />http://www.stanford.edu/~eckert/csofp.html<br />
  18. 18. Project<br />
  19. 19. Part I: Description of a “Thing”<br /><ul><li>Due October 7
  20. 20. 20% of the final grade
  21. 21. Maximum 4000 words (about 8 pages)
  22. 22. Assignment
  23. 23. Describething
  24. 24. “Justify”
  25. 25. Embed in social study
  26. 26. Plan work</li></li></ul><li>What the “thing” is<br /><ul><li>Object type (Whatkind of an objectisit?)
  27. 27. Sensory (Whatdoesit look/feel/smelllike?)
  28. 28. Construction (Whatisit made of?)
  29. 29. Function (Whatdoesit do? Whatisitused for?)
  30. 30. History/genealogy/origin (Wheredidit come from?)
  31. 31. Ecology/situatedness (How doesit relate to people and otherobjects?)
  32. 32. Social Contexts</li></li></ul><li>Significance<br /><ul><li>Anthropological/Sociological
  33. 33. Is it important?
  34. 34. Whoisit important for? (Individuals, groups, societies)
  35. 35. Whatdoesitmean?</li></li></ul><li>Makingsense<br /><ul><li>Course material
  36. 36. Approaches
  37. 37. Literature</li></li></ul><li>Plan<br /><ul><li>How willyoustudyit?
  38. 38. Resources
  39. 39. Primary sources
  40. 40. Secondary sources
  41. 41. Researchmethods</li></li></ul><li>Description of a Thing<br />Writea short descriptive history of your "thing." It is important thatthis not simplybe a standard history of invention (a "whodidwhatwhen" story). Yourhistoryshouldalsoconsider:<br />
  42. 42. A) What the "thing" is.<br />Whatkind of objectisit? Whatdoesit look like? Whatdoesit do?<br />Whatisitused for?<br />This shouldinclude a description of:<br />The history or genealogy of yourthing - an origin story; wheredidyourthing come from?<br />The situatedness or familial relations of yourthing - a relationship story; how doesyourthing relate to people and otherobjects?<br />Describe the social ecology of yourthing.<br />
  43. 43. B) The significance of your "thing."<br />Is thisobject important? Why? Whoisit important for? Whatdoesitmean?<br />
  44. 44. C) A template for makingsense of your “thing.”<br />Choose 1 or 2 articles from the course as a model for yourproject. Describe how youthinkyourstudywillconform or deviatefrom the model(s) youdescribe.<br />
  45. 45. D) How willyoustudyyour “thing”?<br />Describe the resourcesyouwill use to help completeyourproject; describeprimary sources, secondary sources, researchmethodologies, etc.<br />
  46. 46. Alex and the Moka Pots<br />
  47. 47. Moka Pots<br />Schnapptopic<br />ThroughMyron Joshua<br />Approachingobject<br />Amongfavouriteobjects<br />Livedwiththem<br />
  48. 48. Depictions<br /><ul><li>Swiss Clip
  49. 49. French Clip</li></li></ul><li>PersonalResponse<br /><ul><li>React to presence or depictions
  50. 50. Homeliness
  51. 51. Familiarity
  52. 52. Ritual
  53. 53. Culinary
  54. 54. Europeanness
  55. 55. Nostalgic
  56. 56. Timeless</li></li></ul><li>Part of myIdentity<br /><ul><li>Known as user of moka pots
  57. 57. Expertise
  58. 58. Influence
  59. 59. Unusual in context
  60. 60. “Sophisticatedyet simple”
  61. 61. CoffeeGeek
  62. 62. Culinaryenthusiast</li></li></ul><li>My Moka Pots<br /><ul><li>“Seasoned”
  63. 63. Hard to replace
  64. 64. Coffee smelling
  65. 65. Varied (sizes...)</li></li></ul><li>Features<br /><ul><li>Portable
  66. 66. Light
  67. 67. Sturdy
  68. 68. Inexpensive
  69. 69. Durable
  70. 70. “Low Tech”
  71. 71. Filterless</li></li></ul><li>Composition/Construction<br /><ul><li>Aluminum
  72. 72. Stainlesssteel versions
  73. 73. “Aluminum scare”</li></li></ul><li>Variety<br /><ul><li>Bialettimodels
  74. 74. Sizes (in “demitasse” cups)
  75. 75. Material
  76. 76. Design
  77. 77. Brands
  78. 78. Evolution (Mukka, Brikka…)</li></li></ul><li>Functioning<br /><ul><li>Coffee brewingmethod
  79. 79. “Instructions” (put water in...)
  80. 80. Internalworking (steam pressure…)
  81. 81. Maintenance
  82. 82. Proper “Seasoning” 
  83. 83. “Sacrificial pot”</li></li></ul><li>Espresso?<br /><ul><li>“Poor man’s espresso?”
  84. 84. Not the right amount of pressure
  85. 85. No need for baristaexperience
  86. 86. Simplertechnology
  87. 87. No crema
  88. 88. Different taste
  89. 89. Subparespresso or superior home drink</li></li></ul><li>Brikka<br /><ul><li>Evolution on Moka Express design
  90. 90. Top-hatwidget
  91. 91. Bialetti patent
  92. 92. Crema-likeemulsion
  93. 93. Tastes more likeespresso
  94. 94. CoffeeGeek forum
  95. 95. Myron Joshua</li>

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