The exam consists of 4 short answer questions.
Task Evaluation of opposing claims.
In our course Politics of identity, we have examined how identity is oftentimes an object of intense contestation and politics. At the level of individuals and groups, identity involves simply the active self-identification with a collective or a group of people on the basis of nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, and many others.
But we also learned that in society how an individual or a group sees itself and how others view it not always match. Disparities between these two leads to tensions, in other words, to politics around identity. This politics specially affects marginalized or minority communities, representations of whom are often controlled by dominant groups. The controversy around Makah whaling and the Makah Cultural and Research Centre, studied in class, highlight these politics.
This task has two parts. In the first part, you must explain the arguments or claims of two opposing movements: the Makah whaling revival movement and the anti-whaling movement. In the second part, you need to evaluate and critique their claims, highlighting how they use culture as a political too. In order to accomplish this you must engage and draw upon the article read in class titled A-Whaling We Will Go: Encounters of Knowledge and Memory at the Makah Cultural and Research Center.
1. Explain of opposing claims (do not evaluate or critique these claims yet, just explain the extent of their position and arguments)
A. Makah Claim to restart whale hunting (27.5 points) [max 300 words]
B. The anti-whaling claims against Makah whale hunting (27.5 points) [max 300 words]
2. Identify and discuss the shortcomings of both sides of the argument focusing on (the politics of culture). In order to identify the problems with both sides of the arguments engage with the article by Patricia Erikson who argues that the Makah campaign to revive whaling is not a capricious campaign, but part of an on-going effort in the part of the Makah to define their identity in their own terms in the face of a long history of domination. Tip: Make sure you understand how the Makah Cultural and Research Centre is also part of this effort to control the representation of Makah identity.
A. Critique of the Makah claim, do all Makah people agree that reviving whaling is important to Makah identity? (15 points) [max 100 words]
B. Critique of the anti-whaling claim (30 points) [max 300 words]