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Strangers Within - Foundations of Microsociology

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Strangers Strangers Within Simmel: "People who are close by, yet somehow remote", e.g. mobile traders are not bound by roots. Schuetz: "People without graves or reminiscences". People who come from other places - and stay. Fortes: Two ways of incorporating outsiders - kinship or law. * Kinship = connection via a common origin, or via processes of exchange over time (including feeding). * Law = connection via legal process. Central to modern notions of citizenship Strangerhood implies both spatial and temporal dislocation. Strangers inspire fear and curiosity. Briggs, lived with the Utku, Eskimo people of N. ...read more.

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strangers who can be drawn into semi-kinship relations - potential affines. Akan notions of strangerhood - defined by politics and kinship - not by cultural or residential criteria. Internal Strangers: Ahoho are non-citizens but have the same cultural and political sensibilities and can become affines. Outsiders/Aliens: Ntafo live apart in the Zongos (the foreign quarters of Akan towns and even villages). First Contact Columbus and the "New World" 1492 Columbus set off in 1492 to find Asia - using maps drawn by Marco Polo and information that came from (i) previous travellers and (ii) from authoritative sources - the Bible and the work of ancient scholars. ...read more.

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In fact he was in the place we now know as Santo Domingo, off the coast of Cuba. Captain Cook in Hawaii Sahlins (the Professor from Chicago) and Obeyesekere (the Professor from Princeton) Sahlins focus on the mythic beliefs that explain why the Hawaiians killed Cook. Obeyesekere argues that in fact the Hawaiians are not ruled by myth but use the same sorts of pragmatic considerations as Europeans. People are never tied into world views Kuper - both men were in fact using quite similar ideas. Sahlins appealed to the power of habitual thinking - but also talked about political realities. Obeyesekere emphasises pragmatic concerns - but relies on a mythic idea of who westerners are (and how they think). The Australians in the Highlands of Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea ...read more.

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