D3 Group 2 (2011)

SC2218: Anthropology and the Human Condition
World Cultures Project 2011
Topic: Naming practices and onomastics - what it reflects on society.
D3 Group 2 (2011) - Anthropology & the Human Condition

“What names are in any particular context is clearly connected to what naming as an initial act is thought to do. Whether or not power inheres in a name may well have direct bearing on what sorts of powers are being effected in the act of naming. In a similar vein, what names are influences the constraints put on speaking or not speaking them.”
(Bodenhorn and vom Bruck, 2006, p.25)


Take a look at your matriculation card. Does your name on the matriculation card represent you? Does your matriculation number embody who you are? Your gender, status, ethnicity, socio-cultural happenings that occured at the time you were born - are they all reflected in the few words that is inked on your matriculation card?
If your answer is no, well actually. You're wrong. From the anthropological view that is.
Your name actually speaks volumes about your background. The same applies to every individual all around the world too.

Comparing the naming practices and onomastics of the !Kung San culture, the Igbo tribe in Nigeria, as well as the local Malays and Chinese in Singapore, we will attempt to throw into starker relief the salient observations/insights of what names mean in each of these cultures.

Click on one of the links below for an exciting anthropological foray into the world of naming practices and onomastics!


1. Naming practices of :
a. The Dobe/Ju'hoansi of the !Kung San
b. The Igbo Tribe in Nigeria
c. The Malays and Chinese in Singapore


2. Interview questions with our group mates:
a. Constance Chiang Yu Li
b. Lim Lee Ming
c. Siti Mutmainnah Shamsudin Eilyaas
d. Tan Weilie
e. Wong Wei Qin, Vania


3. Comparison of naming practices across the three cultures


4. Bibliography