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Anthropology Notes from 2/16/16

by: Melissa Metzgar

Anthropology Notes from 2/16/16 2597

Melissa Metzgar
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
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These notes cover what will be on the second exam.
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Professor Ehrensal
Class Notes
Cultural Anthropology
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Melissa Metzgar on Tuesday February 16, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 2597 at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania taught by Professor Ehrensal in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 20 views. For similar materials see Intro to Cultural Anthropology in anthropology, evolution, sphr at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

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Date Created: 02/16/16
The Ethnography of Communication -examines the ways in which language is used in everyday interactions inside speech communities (pragmatics) -everyone belongs to multiple speech communities -who we have day to day interactions with -particular speech practices -Rules and Norms→ interactive rules (ex. school/classroom environment) -Language Socialization→ how people learn rules and norms -Performance and Poetics→ particular modes -Literacy and Literacy Practices→ how people use writing -Narratives and Storytelling→ how people tell a story -Language Ideology→ the beliefs about what kind of registers are appropriate → appropriate means of communication -Language and Identity→ how your speech reflects who you are -Language Policy (formal) → official decisions about appropriate means of communication -Language Revitalization→ efforts to keep a language in use *Language is the exemplar par excellence for the symbolic nature of culture. There are limited restraints from material culture. Language is the means by which we classify the world. The World of Goods: Exchange and Consumption Culture as a System of Classification -Culture usually operates at a less than conscious level (habitual) -shapes how we interact with the world -humans use symbolic meanings to communicate Goods Carry Social Meaning -Beyond utility → what does it do for me besides the cost -System of Social Communication → owning goods for display purpose ex) motorcycle noise levels differentiate by company and personality type of purchaser


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