Another Exam Paper
27, May 2006 23:42
(a) 'Religion should be understood in terms of particular historical relations and processes--not in terms of universal definitions.' Discuss.
(b) Is the notion of syncretism unavoidable in anthropological understandings of world religions?
3. Which do you consider to pose the greatest challenge to contemporary anthropology: globalisation, the problematisation of ethnographic authority or postmodern critiques of identity?
4. In view of difficulties anthropology faces in identifying and defining units of comparison, is cross-cultural comparison possible? Discuss with reference to EITHER kinship OR witchcraft.
5. What can anthropology contribute to an understanding of EITHER nationalism OR fundamentalism?
6. 'Anthropology is the handmaiden of neo-colonialism.' Discuss.
7. How useful are the ideas of EITHER Marx OR Freud to an understanding of non-European societies?
(a) It has been argued that consumption is the 'vanguard of history'. Might it also be argued that consumption is the vanguard of anthropology?
(b) What is meant by the statement 'history is structured by culture', and to what extent would you agree with this assertion?
9. To what extent is the usefulness of the notion of shamanism dependent upon our inability to define it?
10. 'The person is a social product, but society is created by acting persons.' Discuss.