Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Frazer had contempt for primitive society. He believed that these primitive civilizations lacked ethical refinement, according to Douglas, because he had preconceived judgments. This lesson will focus on Frazer's beliefs.
1. Class discussion: Analyze Frazer's contempt for primitive society. Do you agree with Douglas that Frazer relied on preconceived judgments? Why or why not? What judgments were these?
2. Group discussion: What were Frazer's assumptions about primitive society? What did he assume about ethical refinement as it related to primitive societies? How do his assumptions differ from Robertson's, Durkheim's, and Smith's?
3. Individual assignment: What were Frazer's views on magic? What wrong assumptions did magic have? What did magic lead to, in his opinion? Answer these questions in one paragraph.
4. Homework: Journal entry: Do you agree with Frazer's views on primitive society? Why or why not? What makes his views accurate or inaccurate?
Lesson 2 (from Chapter 1)
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