Anthropology Notes Week 3
Anthropology Notes Week 3 2597
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Date Created: 02/03/16
Etic and Emic Etic: anthropologists ‘objective’ categories and explanations Emic: culturally relevant (local) explanation, understanding, or meaning Culture Definition: that complex whole when includes knowledge, belief, arts, morals, law customs, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by homo sapien sapiens as a member of society. (Edward Taylor 1871) -all encompassing -shared→ not an individual trait -integrated→ pieces fit together -adaptive and maladaptive *culture is learned, it’s not biological *culture is symbolic, acceptances are all different Symbols A symbol is a particular kind of sign (something that stands for something else) where the sign is an arbitrary relationship to that which it refers to indexes - labels only exist because we established them to be what they are (verbally) Universal, General, and Particular Universal: traits that are found among all human groups General: regularities that occur in different times and places but not in all cultures Particular: traits that have very limited distribution *All human behavior is mediated through culture*
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