New User Special Price Expires in

Let's log you in.

Sign in with Facebook


Don't have a StudySoup account? Create one here!


Create a StudySoup account

Be part of our community, it's free to join!

Sign up with Facebook


Create your account
By creating an account you agree to StudySoup's terms and conditions and privacy policy

Already have a StudySoup account? Login here

Sociocultural Anthropology (2)

by: Heidi Hilts

Sociocultural Anthropology (2) ANTH 2243

Heidi Hilts
GPA 3.0

Preview These Notes for FREE

Get a free preview of these Notes, just enter your email below.

Unlock Preview
Unlock Preview

Preview these materials now for free

Why put in your email? Get access to more of this material and other relevant free materials for your school

View Preview

About this Document

Notes for week 2! Boasian anthropology
Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Tassie K. Hirschfeld
Class Notes
Anthropology, Sociocultural
25 ?




Popular in Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

Popular in anthropology, evolution, sphr

This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Heidi Hilts on Tuesday February 2, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ANTH 2243 at University of Oklahoma taught by Tassie K. Hirschfeld in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 12 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology in anthropology, evolution, sphr at University of Oklahoma.


Reviews for Sociocultural Anthropology (2)


Report this Material


What is Karma?


Karma is the currency of StudySoup.

You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!

Date Created: 02/02/16
Intro to Sociocultural week 2 notes 1/26/16 Vocabulary:  Progress vs. degeneration  Darwin 1850s  Spencer  Morgan  Tylor  Lamarck  Boas 1400s – 1800s  Displacing people o Displaying in zoos, bringing them to Europe and teaching them European culture  Measuring skulls o It was thought that higher brain capacity meant higher intelligence  Studied empirically but based on incorrect assumptions  Thus natives were found to be inferior to europeans o Stephen J. Gould “mismeasure of man”  Redid old experiments  Measure interior volume  Found inconsistencies o They were taking out outliers in original experiments o Confirmation bias  adjusted sample size to create results they already believed in  graves excavated for experiments  look at physical and behavioral  material culture  subsistence  Lewis Henry Morgan (1860s – 1880s/90s) o Unilineal path to civilization  Savagery  Barbarism  Civilization Spencer  Social Darwinism o Survival of the fittest o Biological Spencerism o Belief that your position in society is depended on your biological superiority/inferiority Marx  Capitalism benefits bourgeoisie not the proletariat o Post-capitalist society o Communist society o Workers uprise and seize control o Primitive communism o Feudalism o Capitalism o Socialism o Communism 1/28/16 notes Boas  4 fields of anthropology o Physical o Cultural o Historical (archaeology) o Linguistics  Social policy o Immigration  Boas discovered that traits such as skull size were not just based on genetics, but were impacted by the environment (epigenetics)  Immigrants’ children had larger skulls because they had better nutrition  After measuring skulls as debunked, people started the IQ test o Flawed because it measures intelligence as defined by western culture o Intelligence is what is valued culturally  Boasian anthropology o Neutral, doesn’t make value judgements, tries not to be ethnocentric o Cultural relativism o Boas envisioned new way to measure human variation  Cultural variation o Boas definition of culture comes from Tylor  “that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society”  Historical particularism  Cultural behavior is not racially/biologically based o Ethnohistory  Learn people’s language, history  Margaret Mead 


Buy Material

Are you sure you want to buy this material for

25 Karma

Buy Material

BOOM! Enjoy Your Free Notes!

We've added these Notes to your profile, click here to view them now.


You're already Subscribed!

Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'

Why people love StudySoup

Steve Martinelli UC Los Angeles

"There's no way I would have passed my Organic Chemistry class this semester without the notes and study guides I got from StudySoup."

Janice Dongeun University of Washington

"I used the money I made selling my notes & study guides to pay for spring break in Olympia, Washington...which was Sweet!"

Steve Martinelli UC Los Angeles

"There's no way I would have passed my Organic Chemistry class this semester without the notes and study guides I got from StudySoup."


"Their 'Elite Notetakers' are making over $1,200/month in sales by creating high quality content that helps their classmates in a time of need."

Become an Elite Notetaker and start selling your notes online!

Refund Policy


All subscriptions to StudySoup are paid in full at the time of subscribing. To change your credit card information or to cancel your subscription, go to "Edit Settings". All credit card information will be available there. If you should decide to cancel your subscription, it will continue to be valid until the next payment period, as all payments for the current period were made in advance. For special circumstances, please email


StudySoup has more than 1 million course-specific study resources to help students study smarter. If you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, our customer support team can help you find what you need! Feel free to contact them here:

Recurring Subscriptions: If you have canceled your recurring subscription on the day of renewal and have not downloaded any documents, you may request a refund by submitting an email to

Satisfaction Guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with your subscription, you can contact us for further help. Contact must be made within 3 business days of your subscription purchase and your refund request will be subject for review.

Please Note: Refunds can never be provided more than 30 days after the initial purchase date regardless of your activity on the site.