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DECEMBER 2012
SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY
MODULE CODE:
SA2001
MODULE TITLE:
The Foundation of Human Social Life
EXAM DURATION:
2 Hours
EXAM INSTRUCTIONS
Candidates should answer THREE questions, no
more than ONE from each section.
Do not overlap your answers to different
questions.
Ethnographic examples should be used to
illustrate your answers where appropriate
PLEASE DO NOT TURN OVER THIS EXAM PAPER UNTIL YOU ARE
INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.
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SECTION ONE
1.
Compare and contrast the ways in which Frazer, Rivers and Malinowski
portrayed how ‘primitive people’ think?
2.
Discuss the importance of comparison to the development of Anthropology.
SECTION TWO
3.
What have been the strengths and limits of a ‘functionalist’ approach?
4.
How did anthropologists from the 1950s onwards try to balance synchronic
and diachronic explanations?
5.
How and why did anthropology return to addressing human universals in the
1960s?
SECTION THREE
6.
7.
With reference to post-colonial studies, critically assess the concept of
Orientalism.
With reference to Foucault, discuss the issue of surveillance in
contemporary societies.
SECTION FOUR
8.
Why did feminist anthropologists focus their critical attention on the
dichotomy between Nature and Culture?
9.
Why did Clifford want ethnography to be recognized as a form of fiction?
SECTION FIVE
10.
Is it ethical to conduct research among ‘illegal’ organisations such a drug
dealers, gangs and organised criminal syndicates?
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