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Title: SOCIAL NETWORKING, GOSSIP AND THE ANTHROPOLOGIST


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SOCIAL NETWORKING, GOSSIP AND THE ANTHROPOLOGIST
  • In order to understand, it is immensely important
    for the person who understands to be located
    outside the object of his or her creative
    understanding--in time, in space, in culture. For
    one cannot even really see ones own exterior and
    comprehend it as a whole, and no mirrors or
    photographs can help our real exterior can be
    seen and understood only by other people(Bakhtin)

2
Todays objectives
  • to deconstruct gossip as a social, cultural and
    political arena in Nicaragua in which people (A)
    dominate and challenge one another and (B) cement
    social relations
  • to glance the Nicaraguan social and political
    situation of the 70s and 80s through film and
    from a different point of view

3
Multidimensional approach to culture
  • Many social realms family community, race, etc.
  • Discourse and social practices gossip,
    compadrazgo
  • Conventional and transformative
  • tools for domination Dona Celias case
  • to cement social relations
  • Economic, psychological and political

4
Double edged sword
  • To dominate and to be dominated it can backfire
  • State of in-between-ness
  • Public and private
  • A form of public opinion

5
A true collectivism of language
  • Particular tone Whispering
  • Vocabulary nicknames
  • comment on political situations During
    dictatorship
  • Political discourse Sandinista era

6
Not a trivial matter
  • Not seen but present
  • Practical
  • future information coping with shortages
  • present information avoiding danger

7
The anthropologist and gossip
  • S/he is also involved information, participant
    observation
  • Awareness of dimensions of local and global power
  • Nothing truly belongs to anyone it all
    circulates in the form of information,
    speculation, between and among us

8
The duality of gossip
  • Offensive and defensive
  • Malicious gossip
  • Strategic

9
Critique
  • 1.Fails to link gossip as a form of resistance
    against machismo
  • 2.Fails to inquiry deep enough into some
    Nicaraguan social norms resulting in cultural
    mis-representation

10
Gossip as a form of resistance
  • Challenging the public identity of men
  • Making information public
  • Contradicting the public persona of men
  • Two outcomes punishment or stop abuse

11
Cultural misrepresentation
  • Fails to understand local social action
  • Does not investigate thoroughly enough one
    cultural given
  • Puts into question his academic authority

12
summary
  • Gossip transformative adapts to particular
    circumstances
  • A tool for domination and to create and maintain
    social networks
  • Duality of culture

13
Pictures from a Revolution a memoir of the
Nicaraguan conflict
  • 1991
  • By susan Meiselas, Richard Rogers and Alfred
    Gazetti
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