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Generation and Gender F13 Anth370

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Julie Jenkins

on 11 October 2013

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Transcript of Generation and Gender F13 Anth370

Generation & Gender
What is a youth?
social position in relation to power, wealth, rights
---set into contrast with the social position of elders
---make asymmetrical claims on others
not necessarily an age category or linked to biological categories
emphasis that these dependents are controlled through various mechanisms
Meillassoux (1981)
Guro of Ivory Coast
--'Youth' created through exercise of power and claims to knowledge
'elders' control means of production (land) & reproduction (women)
--high bride-price
Murphy argues that among the Kpelle, youth are controlled by elder via access to knowledge
Youth are also thought of has having subversive tendencies, able to challenge the authority of elders
particularly in relation to their connection with 'modernity'
-- youth are seen as 'modern', involved in social change
-- elders are seen as 'traditional', emblems of community and social stability
What does Gable argue about youths' ability to challenge authority and their relationship to 'modernity' and 'tradition' among the Katama in Guinea-Bissau?
societies demarcate 'youth' differently
-need to understand in relation to wider concept of generation or a categories relationship to one another
Wealth in People- 1970s
--wealth accumulated through people, not objects
'youth' a part of an elder's wealth
--alongside wives, children, slaves
--dependents (can't command the labor of others
category of 'slave' becomes ambiguous
--precolonially, many societies incorporated slaves as 'children' of a lineage
--process of incorporation rather than state of being
--"freedom"- tied to social group
--"unfree"-- outside social group, vulnerable, without protection
--personhood as composite, becoming, relational, unbounded
--social relationships of power constitute the categories of youth & elders
What is gender? Is it determined by biology?
Sex- biological differences (X/Y chromosomes, hormones, secondary sexual characteristics)

Gender- culturally & historically constructed norms, values, & behaviors considered appropriate for each sex.
not necessarily biologically DETERMINED. RELATED, but NOT DETERMINED.
“raw material” that we build different ideas, beliefs, meanings, and roles around
Construction of Reality
How has "masculinities" produced among the Masaai? How how it shifted?
How did colonialism and missionization affect Igbo women? How? Why?
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