If you’d like to write about production, I want you to consider the role
of production in shaping social organization and daily life. That is,
how the way we materially produce our means of subsistence creates
particular forms of social cohesion. If you choose this one you must
address the specific questions below.
In Video 3 of the Law of Value: Production and Exchange Value at
approximately 3:18, our narrator says “labor is how we create
ourselves.” What does this mean? Think about this question in relation
to our textbook chapter. What does this statement mean for our
capitalist society and what does it mean for the non-capitalist
societies mentioned in the textbook (societies that potlatch, etc.)?
In Video 1, at about 4:29, our narrator speaks of “the particular
masquerading as the universal” and the “universal type of individual.”
What can the discipline of anthropology as you now understand it
contribute to a critique of this sort of thinking? Why is it
problematic in the first place?
And lastly but certainly not least—in Video 3, we are told that “there
is a central ideological issue at stake in this distinction between the
general and the particular.” What is this ideological issue? Whatever
else you may write about you must answer this question to get full
credit this week.
Link to the videos: https://kapitalism101.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/law…