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Cultural Anthropology 207 week one notes

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Date Created: 01/26/16
1/28/16                                              Cultural Anthropology • culture, like language is shared • what we know and understand has a lot to do with upbringing • things such as colors have different meanings in different cultures * cultures and languages function is biological • sex and basic function is biological   ­ what you do with it is cultural Domains •  kinship: family, marriage, inheritance • economics: production, distribution, consumption/use of goods and services • political: decision making and social control •  religious: sacred and the transcendent  * Nowhere in the constitution does it mention God 2/2/16                          What sets cultural anthropology apart from other disciplines: Focus: studying people and cultures Methodology: cultural group thats different than themselves; we live with the people; we learn  the language Values: Cultural relativism­ opposite of ethnocentrism              holism­ every dimension in life matters              comparative­ comparing ourselves to others etc.              integrative­ we try to integrate everything we do Key terms: culture shock­ going into another culture and realizing you don't fit subculture­ cultures within a larger cultures ethnocentrism­ when one thinks their culture is superior to another; “my culture is the best  culture” Key Cultural Domains Economics: the production, distribution, and consumption/use, of goods and services. Kinship: the manner in which cultures define familial relationships, eg. marriage patterns, child rearing, and group organization based on family ties. Politics: the manner in which societies make decisions and provide for social control. Religion: the manner in which societies define and relate to the sacred and the transcendent. Myths and rituals as well as designated religious practitioners are key elements of the religious domain. Look on BlackBoard for definitions of culture and contemporary definitions!! Onion Skin Model 1.   Artifacts: what is made 2.   Behavior: what is done 3.   Values: what is good, better, best, beautiful/ugly, delicious/nauseating 4.   Beliefs: what is true 5.   World Views: fundamental assumptions about reality Onion skin drawing to help explain above! 1.   What exists? 2.   What is the cause and affect? 3.   What is the nature of time? 4. What is the nature of space?


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