Social Anthropology Case Studies

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500 words (+/- 10%) for each case study (1,000 words total) – references and quotes are not counted. No further sources are to be used and research should be completely based on the sources provided.

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Case Study 1: 'The Law': Self-determination and Social Problems; comparing Canada and Australia

Question: Larissa Behrendt reflects on her ‘legal blinkers’, which initially obscured her recognition of the importance of ‘self-determination’ when it comes to ‘way of life’ (2002: 43). Drawing on the two short documentaries set for this topic, you need to critically reflect on how law and policy makers in Canada and Australia might suffer such ‘legal blinkers’. Concentrate on the following three questions: Is prohibition helping or hurting the people of Nunuvat? Is the Mandatory Alcohol Order a “racist act”? (see Senator Nova Paris in Living Black, ca. 11 mins.). Are ‘failed policies’ impacting on the self-determination of the people of Nunuvat and the Aboriginal people of Alice Springs.

Sources to be used for case study 1:

Living Black - Mandatory Alcohol Orders. Link to SBS on Demand (only watch the first 13 minutes). If you do not have an account with them, you will need to sign up. Very easy and free process:

Prohibition in Northern Canada (2015):

Behrendt, L. 2002: Supplied as a PDF

Case Study 2: Jamaicans in Bristol - Identity and Belonging

Question: Stuart Hall (Hall & Black 2009: 669) claims: “…I will never be English – never”. Explain the reasoning behind his claim. Then look at the claim “…you know we were born British Citizens, and we were more British than the British” in the first minute of Culture Clash on the Front Line (2014). Explain the reasoning behind this claim. Provide a brief comparison of the two claims, thinking about ‘place’, ‘displacement’, and “out-of-place-ness” (Hall & Black 2009: 670)

Sources to be used for case study 2:

Culture Clash on the Front Line 2014:

Hall and Black 2009: Supplied as a PDF


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