Focussing on one of the assigned chapters for this week (Chapter 3, Reproduction or Chapter 5, Honor and Shame), discuss how the stories show how each of these institutions (norms around reproduction; the honor and shame norms) are reproduced in everyday practices. How are the women in the book also challenging or reframing these institutions through their practices? How do these women express their agency?
How do the stories in this chapter engage with the anthropological assumptions about “patrilineality.” In what ways is patrilineality practiced in this Bedouin community? In what ways it do the stories of the chapter challenge the assumptions about how patrilineality is practiced?
How does the introduction to this book reframe questions in anthropology about studies of the Mediterranean, honor and shame, and women in general?
How does Schneider define the concept of honor and shame in the Mediterranean? How does this code of ethic and institution of social control play out in pastoral communities around the Mediterranean?What are some of the characteristics of these pastoral communities; how does ecology play a role in their social institutions?
The readings this week synthesize three different approaches to the anthropology of the Mediterranean. Briefly describe each “face” of the Mediterranean. Which one is most compelling to you?
You may answer one set of questions
(chapter 5) How does Braudel discuss social change in medieval Mediterranean? What are some social groups that emerge in the Mediterranean societies east and west, north and south in the 16th century? What are some analogies across the different regions?
(chapter 6) How does Braudel define the relationship between the two worlds (the Christian and Muslim worlds) in 16th century Mediterranean? How do these worlds differ? How doe they intertwine? What is the role of the anecdote in the lessons of social history?
Social historian Fernand Braudel provides a sweeping social history of the Mediterranean region. Unlike other forms of social history, Braudel’s begins with geography and further, in chapter 1, with the mountains and plains then, in chapter 2, with the sea. How are geographic characteristics of the Mediterranean region discussed in these chapters in relation to culture and society? What are some cultural and social features of Mediterranean societies outlined in these chapters?