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Anthro CH. 1

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-theory levels -types of anthro
S. Carlisle
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Anthropology, Cultural, anthropology 200




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kirsten Notetaker on Tuesday September 6, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Anth 200 at California State University - San Marcos taught by S. Carlisle in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Anthropology in Cultural Anthropology at California State University - San Marcos.

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Date Created: 09/06/16
2 levels  1. Story level:  ­ stories usually try to be entertaining  ­ often give examples, or frame for understanding the theory  2. Theory level:  ­ theories consist of the underlying points, the messages that the author/speaker wants  you to pick up on  ­ things that really matters. Will almost always be there, although sometimes, you’ll have  to look for it    Theory level pints  ­ Our culture, and the technology and art we use, change our perspectives  ­ Our perspectives shape the ways we think about the world  ­ Since we live in the world, our perspectives shape the ways we think about who we are  ­ One of the goals of this class: to take a holistic (look at things as a whole) approach  ­ Holistic: step back from the subject theyre studying and look at it in its historical, social,  cultural context  ­ Essentialist: making the common assumption that something is true or real in and of itself  ­ without taking into account the cultural and historical context from which it grows  ­ results in oversimplifications of complex situations, and frequently reflect someone’s  political agenda, or a cultural blindness, more than reality  ­ essentializing:   ­ focusing on one small spot in time and space, and assuming that what you find there  about any given category is true everywhere and for all time    Some of the things we’ll discuss:  ­ We have two different sexes, but why do our gender categories exist the way they do?  ­ How do we choose what to consume?  ­ What impact do they have on us?  ­ How does the life­cycle shape the way we process information?  ­ What, exactly, is a human being?  ­ Are we simply self­interested animals?  ­ Or do we have a different nature as well?    Types of Anthropology  1. Archaeology: studies things people have made  2. Physical Anthropology: study of human body  3. Linguistic anthropology: study of languages, how they evolve, how languages are shaped  by thought and how they are changed by thought  4. Cultural anthropology: study of how people think and act, study of society, study of  culture 


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