Favorites (2011)

We have had many fine, thoughtful contributions to the Wiki this semester.
Ambika and I have picked out some of our favorites here.
Thanks to all of the students for participating and building this anthropological community!

A couple of our favorite contributions were on gender:

Briosca contributed an excellent discussion of Azande same-sex "marriage" relationships.
(Note: Azande are the same people featured in the work of Evans-Prichard and in the film "Strange Beliefs")

Hoobastank provided a nice overview, thinking about ideas of masculinity.

Two others favorite pages provided thoughtful reflections on race and its 'social construction':

One page discusses the issue of "mixed race" in Singapore with a couple nice clips about children and race from Malaysia.

Another critiques the issue of race as a social construct.

Many students used the wiki effectively to explore anthropology and anthropologists beyond the limits of what we could cover in the course. A couple very good pages give background and insight in to early twentieth-century anthropologists Malinowski (who we covered, but not in detail) and Margaret Mead (who was only mentioned, but is one of the most important figures in popuarlizing anthropology in the twentieth century).

A couple of great pages also explore the anthropology of dance and the anthropology of the senses.

Issues of representation figured prominently among the best pages contributed to the wiki.

rjyk contributed a detailed discussion and reflection on the appropriation of native American styles by the fashion industry.

tirelesstraveller posted a useful lecture by Stuart Hall on the crisis of representation.

From another angle, nlting introduced us to the "Village Video Project" in which people in the Amazon region are involved in making their own representations of themselves.

We also liked this contribution on church music and heavy metal.

Finally, the projects across the board were very good.

We had several excellent projects on health and healing practices, including ones featuring Navajo, Inuit, and Bugis.

Other excellent projects examined and featured: the intersection of marriage and economics, naming practices, supernatural beliefs (hooray, someone finally took up my challenge to study the Vikings!), gender and division of labor and marriage and inheritance patterns.

Thanks again for all these contributions!
We learned a lot and hope everyone else did as well.
Eric & Ambika

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