ANT.101 WK5 DS2 Anthropology and Your Future
ANT.101 WK5 DS2 Anthropology and Your Future
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Anthropology and Your Future Consider issues that are current in our own society today. Where will the application of an anthropological perspective be most effective? Consider and describe how the study of anthropology and its unique perspectives on human cultural behavior will most benefit you in your life and future career. Please use concepts and terminology from the text. Your initial response should be 150200 words in length. Please support your claims with examples from the text, recommended material, and/or scholarly articles. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings by Day 7. ANTHROPOLOGY AND YOUR FUTURE Tarasha Hickson-Smith ANT. 101 WEEK 5 DISCUSSION 2 Where will the application of an anthropological perspective be most effective? The education system in America has taken a turn for the worst in most cases. The emphasis on the value of education itself has somehow taken a back seat to fame and fortune of an educated or uneducated person. Children should be encouraged to embrace diversity when choosing a focus in school throughout the duration of their academic training. Therefore, the anthropological perspective would be most effective in the counseling and administrative sector of schools. An anthropological approach to directing a child’s future would be appreciated in terms of preparing them to be able to associate with the different types of people, their cultures, and making them aware of their needs in future terms. Consider and describe how the study of anthropology and its unique perspectives on human cultural behavior will most benefit you in your life and future career. The unique perspective that anthropologist take on human cultural behavior is the fact that they give a deeper more focused view of the world that surrounds us, and provide specifics on how we can support one another according to the needs of each culture (Nowak & Laird, 2010). With applied anthropologist working in all sectors of the school system via the counselor’s position they can not only direct the students, but also direct the teachers in creating a diverse education experience. This gives the student an advantage and a reason to pursue their dreams and live outside the box of their own culture. As a psychologist specializing in academic counseling I would love to expand the thinking of students today to help them dream big and live even bigger. Most students have lost their sense of purpose before they even have a chance to experience life independently. As a health and wellness coach I can use anthropology to educate others on enhancing their life experience from inside out using their diverse background of resources. There is a variety of techniques used all over the world to achieve health and wellness that anthropologist have studied and documented over the years. I admire their main focus to look at things from a holistic point of view so that the solution is addressed with all in consideration (Nowak & Laird, 2010). It is our job to mold, shape and direct them in the paths of their desires. Social barriers can present a stumbling block in the path of their future endeavors. By evaluating the thought process of the cultures and societies on the high end with the most value for education in comparison to those on the low end with the least value for education, anthropology can provide the details that may be the missing piece to the puzzle for both extremities to have a common ground in success. Works Cited Nowak, B., & Laird, P. (2010). Anthropology and Your Future. In CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (pp. Chap. 9.9, para. 1). San Diego, CA.: Bridgepoint Education Inc. Week 5 Discussion 2 Shawn Gauthney 7/28/2011 9:08:14 PM Our society as a whole has a myriad of separate issues that include race, religion, sex, economics, class and education. The presentation of an anthropological standpoint would be extremely and truly realistic in any of these areas, and would improve our societal relations of today. Taking this class has given me a totally different outlook on the behaviors of different cultures that exist throughout the world. The study of this class will help me with throughout my future and my career because it has given me a different view into the window of the world and has allowed me to look upon the differences of people as well as give me a different level of understanding as to how and why people do the things that they do. Where we live and where we are from plays a major part as to how we live life and why we may or may not do the things that we do. It’s easy for us to quickly judge someone or something we do not feel is right, or do not understand. I hope that going forward after having this course I will be a lot slower to judge and try to look further into the cultural differences that we all possess. Shawn Hello Shawn, I can certainly attest to that, in order to properly communicate with one another we must first learn to accept each other for which we are, and as an educator maintain partial responsibility for who they become. There is however some things that are completely out of our control, but to educate and familiarize with what you may encounter in our diverse culture could save time and headache if you are prepared. The judgmental part may still be of concern because unless you are in that persons exact position such as the anthropologist doing ethnographical fieldwork there are some things you have to be present and open minded to gain understanding of the reasons behind the origin. Chris - Anthropology and Christopher Carson 7/25/2011 1:18:07 PM Your Future Consider issues that are current in our own society today. Where will the application of an anthropological perspective be most effective? Amidst all of the troubling issues that plague our society today, I feel that we need to focus more on the human aspects of things in order to better resolve them. In order to do this, one must fully understand different types of cultures and societies. Whether the issue at hand focuses on poverty, cultural biases, ethnic differences, etc, anthropology plays a key part to all of these. One such example is learning how to combat the recent debt crises. In order for our government to completely grasp a true understanding of what the livelihood of government funding means to the military or social security recipients, for instance, they need to understand how these people currently live and how a decrease or absence of pay could affect them. Although they may be considered by the government to be “average” Americans, most tend to make less than average middle-class households. The government needs to consider their lifestyle before making rash decisions to defund them or use their income as a bargaining chip. Consider and describe how the study of anthropology and its unique perspectives on human cultural behavior will most benefit you in your life and future career. I think that my learning more about anthropology has heightened my awareness of one thing - simply, people. This will definitely prove to benefit me in the future, as I am a business major and will likely be dealing will people on a regular basis. I also feel that in order for me to understand the true depth and conviction of one's character, I will apply what I know about their cultural background to better relate to them as their own individual human being and not a generic "person". Hello Christopher, You have made an excellent point about the financial crisis we face. An anthropological point ofview would help create a basis of the economical needs of each sector of citizens affected by the decisions made. The amount of difficulty we experience in this diverse economy could be avoided if the dynamics were changed and perspective viewed a lot closer. Certainly in business is the factor to consider anthropological information important. Now in today’s economy a company is automatically made to go global because of day to day interaction with immigrants as new consumers, and with internationally traded products and goods being more cost effective to reap more of a profit from. Background information is good as long as it is not biased information and received mostly from an emic perspective. Taking the time to get to know someone for whom they are is the most genuine approach to any business or personal matter so that both sides benefit ultimately from the developed relationship. Week 5 Discussion 2- Michelle Rohde 7/26/2011 9:50:39 PM Anthropology and Your Future There are numerous areas in society where anthropology will be effective. I think one of the most important uses is in the understanding and preservation of indigenous cultures, many of which we have studied in this class. Many tribes, chieftainships, and pastoral societies are in danger of losing their land, their culture and their identity. Some of these cultures have sustained their way of life for hundreds of years and now the modern world is encroaching upon them. It is imperative that they be brought to the attention of the world in order to stop their unfair treatment. Nomads’ migration routes are threatened, the Maasai were forced from their homes in the Serengeti National Park, and the rainforest homes of the Yanomami are threatened by deforestation. Awareness is the key to helping these people and anthropologists are the ones who provide it. I plan to someday have a career in archaeology, which is a branch of anthropology, so this is a class which will help me for many years to come. Humans live and act certain ways for certain reasons and I will eventually need to put pieces of the past together in order to understand ancient cultures. By grasping knowledge of modern human behavior I will be able to better interpret the things our human ancestors left behind, and hopefully be able to determine how they lived and why they lived that way.
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