For Intro to Anthropology 2021 after reading about Economies we read chapter 12, “How do anthropologists study political relations?” (369-399) and also watch the 52-minute ethnographic film Ongka’s Big Moka. We’ll be using this film to tie together different sections of the course. So while you are watching, think about:
- Economics: What is the Moka system?
- Politics (this class): What authority does Ongka have? What is the relationship between the Kawelka and the nation-state of Papua New Guinea?
- Gender: How is the division of labor gendered?
- Kinship: How does kinship intersect with economics & politics?
- What evidence of colonialism or capitalism do you see?
- The film series is titled “Disappearing World.” Is Ongka’s world disappearing?
The next class is on Sex-Gender-Sexuality.