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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:10 am 
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I remember a few years ago a page someone here linked to, with lots of statistics on how different traditional cultures do things. Like, how common is patrilocality and matrilocality, what are the most common tasks for various age groups, and so on. Sadly I must have lost the link somewhere in the Fog of Web. Does anyone have it?

And while we're at it, any other similar resources, about features of large numbers of cultures, how common they are and perhaps where? Something like a WALS for cultures?

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I'm pretty sure I'd posted this on here long ago, I don't think the same website you were talking about, it still has similiar type information you might find useful, although mostly on gender roles:
http://books.google.fr/books?id=7co0qho ... &q&f=false

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It is possible that I am in fact talking about
http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/wor ... oAtlas.pdf

Unfortunately there are no explanations, and some of the alternatives look like serious misprints. Like, on the question whether a culture was included in Summary Atlas Volume 1967, the possible answers are "Yes", "No", and "Plaster, clay, mud and dung, or wattle and daub".

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this is made of win

EDIT: we should make a challenge to see if people know enough of their cultures to answer the survey, this is, to provide an answer to all those categories.

EDITEDIT: what? they have the original datases available for download ?
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YES!

I remember this, and a year or two ago I asked if anyone knew where to find it, but nobody did. Thank you so much, this is a great resource.

A lot of it's quite eye-opening, in terms of preconceptions.

- For instance, 840ish societies with payment to wife's family in marriage, only 33 with dowries.
- ~600 polygynous, ~450 monogamous with some polygyny, ~200 monogamous, 4 polyandrous.
-~250 primogeniture, only 16 ultimogeniture
- premarital sex for women: ~150 virginity, ~170 weak or conditional virginity, ~200 freely promiscuous

Torco: datasets? where?

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It really catches my eye that hunting is apparently never a female-only activity... It seems to support the meme that "in ancient societies men hunted while women gathered" to a degree, especially considering women are physically perfectly able to hunt... maybe not macrofauna, but hey, there's not that much macrofauna going around, I imagine most hunting is of small game, like birds and shit.

Sal: If you have some version of SPSS, or R, and know how to use either, you could go here http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/courses/sccs.zip

[got the link accesing the linked pdf's mother folder]

If you don't, I can export it into Excel or CSV and post it to googlesites or something for everyone's convenience.

I can't wait to correlate the shit out of this one :D

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Literal interpretation of profanity jokes... I think you can do better ;)

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It is pretty common in most hunter gatherer cultures yes.

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Saying that seems just as disingenious to me as blurting out an ethnocentrism.


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And why is that? (btw I don't think "disingenious" means what you think it means)

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To not contribute to derailing this thread, can you explain over PM what you understand "disingenious" to mean? I understand it to mean reflexive and underthought.


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I think it means something like "giving an insincere appearance of cooperativeness or interest while concealing an ulterior motive that is in fact contrary to that which one gives the appearance of having." - similar in meaning to being "facetious"

I have heard some people using it to mean the opposite of "being a genius" - i.e. "stupid" - you seemed to use it to mean that, and I don't think that is standard usage. (also I don't see how "underthought" and "reflexive" are similar in meaning - do you mean "unreflexive"?)


But the question was why do you think saying that ethnocentrism is the cause of people assuming that the division of labour between the sexes is the same in all cultures as it happens to be in theirs is "underthought"?

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"Disingenuous" means giving a false appearance of being ingenuous. Ingenuous is lacking in deception, innocent, straightfoward, unsophisticated, without ulterior motives, perhaps even naive. So disingenuous is presenting what you're saying as simple and straightforward and meaning just what it says, when in fact you have an ulterior motives. Common examples are in socratic irony (where I pretend to agree with something while "accidentally" demonstrating the flaws in it), bluffing (where I pretend to think something is secure when I know it is weak) and dogwhistling (where I say anything while pretending not to notice any further political connotations, while "accidentally" gaining the support of extremists). I think the key is pretending to do or say or imply something accidentally, or pretending not to know something that you do in fact know.

So Torco is right that disingenuity involves lacking sincerity, in one sense of the word. But it's a more specific insincerity - and it also doesn't cover the wider range of the words "sincere" and "insincere". One might call Socrates sincere, for instance, while still believing him to be disingenuous.

"Facetious" is very different. Like disingenuity, it is a species of irony, but it is closer to sarcasm than disingenuity. Unlike disingenuity, facetiousness is an overt irony - disingenuous assumes deception (although it's not essential - you can be disingenuous even when you know people will see through it, and even if you want them to see through it), while facetious assumes understanding (although it's not essential).

The core of facetiousness is jest. Being facetious is making a joke, and specifically a witty one. However, the focus has moved to the fact that facetious jokes are often more about the wit of the joker than about the situation, so there's an element of egotism to it.

I'd say that to be facetious nowadays, you have to (inclusively):
a) say something for your own amusement
b) mock someone else, or at least assert your intellectual superiority over them
c) pretend to be serious

Most kinds of ironic play are thus facetious, but in practice the word is generally derogatory - it implies a lack of sophistication, and particularly a degree of childishness.

Of course, if you're facetious while pretending not to be, you are also being disingenuous! And if you're disingenuous for the purposes of your own amusement, you're probably being facetious.

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I don't understand what point Rad is making. How does ethnocentrism explain why women don't hunt as much as men? Ethnocentrism relates to the relation between societies, not within societies. And if you're saying that WE'RE being ethnocentric, I'm not sure how, since most of us don't have hunting and gathering as economic occupations to have ethnocentric ideas about the division of labour regarding.

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I don't understand. How does this answer the question of why women often hunt less than men? Or why typically men preferentially hunt and women preferentially gather? You say that "What was asking for explanation was the common belief that most societies naturally divide labour so that men hunt and women gather", but I don't see where in the thread anyone asked for an explanation for that. [And "ethnocentrism" fails miserably as an explanation for that anyway, since Western society doesn't divide labour into hunting for men and gathering for women]

In fact, I'm triply puzzled:
a) you seem to want to talk about why people believe a thing rather than why the thing is the case;
b) your proposed explanation is in any case i) unfalsifiable, being equally able to explain anything, ii) unsupported by any evidence and prima facie highly improbable, and iii) fails entirely to explain the phenomenon under discussion (to some extent "ethnocentrism" may be an answer to why people think that it's natural for men to work and women to not work, or, if we include for men to obtain and women to process, but certainly not, in the west, for men to hunt and women to gather!);
c) in the process, you state that the belief is demonstratedly false, while seeming accepting the facts that demonstrate that it's true! You said yourself, indeed, that it being true was "pretty common" in hunter gatherer societies (and surely nobody's ever claimed this putative principle was 100% universal!).

And indeed the evidence supplied so far goes further: out of 855 societies in which hunting was important, 841 of them had hunting as a male-only activity, and 14 of them had hunting as a preferentially male activity. None had a bias toward women in hunting. Zero.

Similarly (but to a lesser degree): out of 470 societies, 246 had gathering female-only, and 129 female-mainly, alongside 59 egalitarian, and only 36 preferentially or only male.

For the sake of simplicity: that's a 100% of societies with a male sex bias for hunting, and 80% with a female sex bias for gathering (with most of the remaining 20% being egalitarian rather than male-bias).

That looks like pretty good prima facie evidence for the idea that "most" societies naturally divide labour this way. Which rather does away with the need to explain why many believe this. [Indeed, since our society doesn't act like this, and most do, the belief that most do is doubly inexplicable through 'ethnocentrism']

Now of course, you may have better evidence than the Ethnographic Atlas. But the convention is that if one person puts forward evidence, you put forward your own, or you at least say what's wrong with the evidence put forward... you don't just sit silently as the evidence is presented and then carry on as though it doesn't exist.

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So, and I don't mean to be harsh, and it wasn't my word, but: yes, a one-word response to an unasked or tangentially asked question, that doesn't pay heed to the gist of the discussion, that doesn't engage with the presented evidence, that isn't presented with any evidence of its own, that makes no rational sense, that has little if any explanatory power, and that could just as easily be presented as an answer to any thread on the board, can sometimes qualify as "underthought".

[I also think it's disingenuous, because it moves the discussion away from facts and toward political conveniences, by using political weapons designed to delegitimise the opinions of others without having to have recourse to reason or evidence. It's a Godwin. "People think like that because... because they're doubleplusungood people, that's why! And any sort of attempt to defend it is also doubleplusungood!". Slogans, dogwhistles, and politically loaded labels should be used a last resource, not as a first.]

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Radagast, try actually reading what Salmoneus said.

Also, you're not exactly being helpful in any gricean way either when you read 'men hunt, women gather' as an absolute statement. as a non-absolute statement it is quite accurate. Except that in our culture, a lot of the gathering behaviours are just as much or more performed by men. Which makes ethnocentrism an odd and flawed explanation.

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