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Comparative essay: social organization of space

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Comparative essay: social organization of space I will deal with the topic of how space is regarded differently in the ethnographies I've studied. I will treat this phenomena as it occurs in Turnbull's representation of Mbuti society;the guaranies eesays on their historical development; the Trobriand ethnography by Annete Weiner and Archetti's representation of the ecuatorian peasant society. When talking about Turnbull's view of the Mbuti society one must first define two basic concepts called Ekimi and Akami. Turnbull says the Mbuti used the word Akami, meaning "noise", to mean not only noise but also conflict, and explains that fighting against a tightly cooperative camp can spoil a hunt just as effectively as to much noise as the wrong moment. They are also said to consider killing the main source of Akami and this is why adults, the hunters in this society, are considered contaminated and cannot have the power of justice.Silence or Ekimi, is the preferred quality of "peace". Needless to say is that the Mbuti society is based on hunting and gathering. ...read more.


It is their duty to perform the ritual of lighting the hunting fire, as they are te carriers of EKIMI, to purify hunters (Adults) after having performed the sacriledge of killing, main source of AKAMI. In their youth they have the power of controlling justice and resolving conflict. Women gather different plants, roots and help the men with the hunt. In Annette Weiner ethnography on the Trobrianders of New Guinea, she first says it is a matrilineal society, which is to say a society in which a common female ancestor through women. Each matrilineage has certain power, which seems to be based on the belief they are siblings of the original trobrianders. the ones who say to be descendants of the founders are the ones to wear decorations. The way land is distributed is also based on the reputation of individuals working in each separate matrilineage. This society lives in villages. Even ranked members or commoner lineages heve the same organization of hamlets within each village. From two to eight hamlets, although these may vary in size, constitute a village, and each hamlet is composed of approximately six to twenty households. ...read more.


The guinea pig is converted into food, dishes, recipes, tastes, and smells, and it is women who carry out this process of transformation. Archetti Had been employed by the Ecuatorean Government to study why their attempts to establish a capitalist market on guinea pig consumption had mostly failed. He thought to have found a possible explanation; what the government had tried to do was to not only change guinea pigs, but their social foundations in peasant society and the peasant social organization of space concerning the guinea pigs only succeding in small focuses of population. Space in our society is based on who gets the most profit out of the quantity of space given. The more profit you get; the more space you buy and the most powerful you are. The only space which do not charge a tax for stepping on it are pavement rivers called streets, or parks which keep dissapearing as we speak. Please, do not forget thet detruction that capitalism creates, because if our culture is destructive; the space sorrounding us will be destructed; because we know that all space is cultural; once it is occupated by humans. FERNANDO PEREZ FERRO IB2A 2001 ...read more.

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