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Doing Anthropology and Understanding How Academic “Truth” is Created

Doing Anthropology and Understanding How Academic “Truth” is Created

Erica Rider

on 12 February 2010

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Transcript of Doing Anthropology and Understanding How Academic “Truth” is Created

Double click anywhere & add an idea Assignments and Reading Next Week
“Ironwood Trees” Chapters 1-3
“Intro” Chapter 4
SIMPLE QUIZ #1 DUE 2/17 by 5:00!!
“Intro” Chapter 4 Due 2/19
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Doing Anthropology and Understanding How Academic “Truth” is Created&Simple Quiz #1 Truth Claims How is human truth created?
What does it mean to say that something is “true”?
How can yesterday’s certainty become today’s absurdity?
How do we as human beings generate and then overturn “truth?”
Truth… “Everything in our lives is weighed, measured, and judged against our ideas” (40)
“It seems our minds can switch ideas, but our minds will not tolerate a void” (41)
Simple Quiz #1 Using ideas on organic and mechanical solidarity from Emile Durkheim, argue that hunting among the Bushman is not merely a physical act, but one that touches, often deeply, every domain of Bushman society—from economics to politics, from marriage and divorce to social standing and manhood, and from religion and spiritual powers to the creation of wide ranging social ties, and thus promotes social solidarity among the Bushmen. Draw extensively on the book for examples.
Concise (2332 words)

Stuff to have when you turn in your paper… Title Page
Your Name
My Name
Section Number
Double Space
12 point Times New Roman
1-inch margins
Underline thesis statement
Attach Rubric to back of paper
Word count
Works Cited & In paper citation (APA Citation Style)
Header—Last name page number (Rider 1)

Don’ts of Grammar and Spelling Do not use vague words such as: Things, stuff, someone, somewhere…etc.
Example: “They ate stuff for dinner that someone made”
Do not use gender specific pronouns
Example: “he”, replace with “one” or “they”
Do not use contractions or abbreviations
They’re, it’s, don’t, can’t, won’t, thru, legit, till, etc.
Example: “The Bushmen weren’t going to hunt till they were ready”

Don’ts of Grammar and Spelling Continued Do not refer to author’s first name
example, do not Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Elizabeth.
Know authors full name
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, not just Elizabeth Marshall, or Elizabeth Thomas
Avoid repetitive I’s. No we’s, us’s, etc
Stay away from First Person
Avoid using the same word excessively
“Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose Kung Fu skills were the stuff of legend” –Kung Fu Panda

Don’ts of Quotes Do not quote the dictionary or Wikipedia
Absolutely no block quotes
i.e. quotes over 4 lines long.
No orphan quotes
Meaning quotes that have not been properly cited, introduced, or explained
Quotes should not represent more than 1/3 of a page
The quote should support analysis, not replace it
Dos on Examples Use examples that fit with your analysis
Make the link between example and analysis
Say why you are using the example. Do not assume that the reader will be able to make the connection

Don’t make Judgments Do not make judgments about the people or promote a moral stance
“We should be more like the Bushmen”, or, “The Bushmen need to catch up with Western society”
Do not use anecdotal experiences to support your argument
Use critical thinking

Judgements Cont Do not assume that everyone is LDS and has the same values and moral stances as you
Be objective and open minded
Do not bear your testimony
Do not use your religious beliefs to support your argument.
Take argument from outside perspective
Do not use religious doctrine, scriptures, general authorities, testimony to prove argument

“The Monroe doctrine is, without a doubt, one of the most important and famous historical doctrines ever to be set forth in doctrine form. And yet, by the same token, we must ask ourselves: Why? What is the quality that sets this particular doctrine—the Monroe Doctrine—apart from all the others? There can be no question that the answer to this question is: the intent. For when we truly understand the intent of the doctrine such as the Monroe Doctrine, or for that matter any other doctrine, only then can we truly know exactly what that doctrine was intended to accomplish as far as doctrinal intention is concerned….
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