Summary: Small Places, Large Issues | Eriksen

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  • True or falseConstant point of interest in Anthropology is to what extent do all humans, cultures or societies have something in common, and to what extent is each of them unique?

  • Why is history not primarily a product of the past?

    It is shaped by the concerns of the present. As these concerns change, past events and persons will shift between background and foreground.
  • Critic on doing anthropology at home

    - You don't see the unconscious things
    - You don't have a culture to compare it to
  • Power from actors perspective (Weber)

    The ability to make someone do something they would otherwise not do (actors perspective)
  • Power from systematic perspective (Marx)

    In this perspective, power differences are in the basis of every society and are the origin of social relationships. Everyone has a power status, it's impossible to be powerless
  • What is the smallest building block in Anthropology or social sciences?

    The household (interaction between 2 actors(dyadic interaction)
  • It’s important to distinguish between social system and social structure. Altough both are abstract they refer to a different kind of phenomenon. 

    Social systems are delineable sets of social relationships between actors. The boundaries are usually set on the point where interaction decreases dramatically. Also in social systems there’s many different sub systems, like religion or the Internet.
    Social structure usually refers to the totality of standardised relationships in a society.
  • Anthony Giddens structuration theory

    Social structures must simultaneously be understood as the necessary conditions for action and as the cumulative result of the totality of actions.
  • Moiety system of exchange

    Exchanging woman of 2 groups
  • Cyclical exchange system

    Exchange of woman between more than 2 groups, depends on larger number of relationships to function

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