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Introduction to Anthropology
Dr. Christopher D Berk
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Date Created: 09/14/16
Introduction to Anthropology, Dr. Berk  Historically anthropology focused on non-Industrial people away from the anthropologist’s country or regions of origins.  Cross cultural perspective, discipline, cultures in relation to one another  strive to do 2 things (anthropologists) 1. Make the familiar strange 2. Make the strange familiar  The nacirema (pseudonym) – North America 1940’s  Strange body rituals  Purpose and rituals  Charms and potions to love  Holy mouth men (keep going even though they continue to decay)  Women bake heads in small ovens  Conception not frequent  The American people <-  The shrines- bathrooms  The charm box- medicine cabinet  Holy mouth men- dentists  Hog hair bundle- toothbrush  The listener- psychologist  The latipso temple- hospital 1. Kottak defines anthropology as the study of human species and its immediate ancestors a. Cultural b. Archaeology: looks at artifacts, draws conclusions about social organization, diet, culture shift, among many other things. Ex: Moundville, AL c. Biological/ physical d. Linguistic  Study customs, evolution through time, cultures, variations over time and space  Anthropologists seek to explain similarities and differences among humans  Study society organized life in groups  Anthropologists study society and culture  Focus is culture 2. Culture is social, not biological  We are taught these cultures from birth. These instructions are direct and indirect  Called encultured  Gender dressing children/ pink are girls, blue are boys  Kottack writes about brazil  Brazilian women aren’t good at competitive swimming, because swimming means big shoulders and big shoulders aren’t attractive. 3. Anthropology is a holistic discipline 4. Kottack defines holism as the study of the whole of the human condition: past, present and the future; biology, society language and culture. 5. Subject matter is “human biological diversity in time and space”. This unit focuses on 5 special interests a. Human evolution as revewaled by the fossil record b. human genetics c. human growth and development d. human biological plasticity (the body’s ability to change as it copes with stress, such as heat, cold and altitude) 6. the biological evolution, behavior and social life as monkeys,apes, and other non human primates 7. primates (biological anthropology) a. bipeds (walks on 2 legs) b. humans are primates c. hominins -> lucy Lecture #2- Ethnographic Fieldwork 1. Quanative vs qualitative a. Quanatative: in depth data from small samples b. Qualitative: number, stats, larger samples 2. Ethnography is based on fieldwork and provides an account of a particular community, society and culture. First hand research. 3. Ethnology is based on cross cultural comparison and examines compares, analyzes and interprets the results of ethnography. Takes work by other people and studies it. 4. Bronislaw Malinowski  Father of contemporary anthropology  Argonauts of the western pacific  Trobriana islands  1914 (WW1) polish national ,got stranded, 1914-1918 in islands 5. Malinowski’s approach a. Cut yourself off from your own kind of people b. Immerse yourself in the social world you’re studying c. Then find patterns, structures, and anatomy of social life d. Fill in details of everyday life, the “imponderabilia” through close observation e. Collect a “corpus insctiptionum” a set of telling examples f. Do all of this in order to “grasp the native’s point of view, his relation to life, his world, his vision”  Anth research based on firsthand, personal study of particular settings 1. Ethnography usually involves a. Long term residence in a community b. Learning a new language c. Developing intimate relationships with people who are unlike you d. Ethnography works through a series of reversals e. Things remote are made to seem nearby, accessible f. Things near to us are made to seem remote, even unattractive g. Otherness is gradually turned into the familiar h. The familiar is turned into otherness 2. Participant observation: take part in the community you’re studying in 3. Rapport: good, friendly working relationships with the people you are working around- trust 4. Key cultural consultations: informants help you get involved in the larger community 5. Gatekeepers: people in office who give you info/ access to top secret info 6. Genealogical method: family trees, who do they live with? How is the marriage arranged? 7. Life history: extended knowledge on someone’s life history 8. Contrasting perspective: compare to your beliefs and perspectives 9. Emic vs Etic a. Emic: local experimental view (within the culture) b. Etic: outsiders perspective, more scientific view c. EX: why do we get sick? Emic-> witches vs. etic-> pathogens, germs 10. Problem oriented: trying to respond to a problem in the area. EX: Diet 11. Longitudinal: long term studies on an area based on repeatedly visiting there, return on a regular basis to look at change over time 12. Team research: your work is part of a team, within different fields of study 13. Multi sided ethnography: conducting research in lots of places on the same study 14. Tasmania, Australia a. Where dr. berk went to study 15. Ethics a. Informed consent: agreement to take part in research after being told what’s happening, rules and why theyre doing it 16. It is appropriate for NA anthropologists working in another country to: a. Include host country colleagues in their research planning and request for funding b. Establish truly collaborative relationships w those collegues and their institutions before and during and after fieldwork c. Include host country colleges in dissemination including publications of the research d. Ensure that something is ‘given back’ to host country  17. Naïve realism: the assumption that everyone does things the same as you  18. Rasta’s story­ Hannah hung out with rasta’s and made everyone in the village mad Culture  1. Culture: culture or civilization, taken in its wide ethnographic sense, is that complex  whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, customs, and any other  capabilities and habits acquired by men as a member of society  2. Synonyms w civilization  Whole  Required 3. Human cultures are dependent on: a. Symbolic communication b. Learning c. The ability to live in groups  All 3 of these qualities are rooted in human biology, yet biology alone cannot explain  now human cultures, function, interact and change over time.  4. Features of culture  a. It is learning  b. It is shared c. It shapes and channels nature d. It is symbolic e. It is all encompassing f. It is integrated g. It is adaptive and maladaptive h. It is changing  i. It is inclusive and exclusive  5. Anthropologists also recognize cultural systems that are larger and smaller than nation  states 6. National culture: football big here, not big outside the US 7. International culture: superhero movies are big everywhere  8. Subcultures: race/ ethnicity, cliques  9. Cross cultural misunderstanding  Eating Christmas in the kulahari  Shakespeare in the bush  10. Ethnocentrism: similar to naïve realism, tendency to view ones culture as superior and to  apply’s one’s own cultural values in judging the behavior and beliefs of people raising  cultures.  Ex: papa new Guinea (PNG) 11. Cultural relativism: the viewpoint that behavior in one culture should not be judged by  the standards of another culture, It should be  understood relative to its own system of  meaning.   Analytical tool to help think of others  12. Cultural dimensions a. Universality: year round sexuality, share food, incest  b. Generality: cross­ cousin marriage, marriage, transregional language c. Particularity: polygamy­ many husbands  13. Cultural changes a. Diffusion: borrowing of cultures between cultures   Direct vs. indirect st b. Acculturation: ongoing exchange of culture­ 1  hand contact, both cultures exchange c. Independent invention: humans innovate faced with problems­ solved them in similar  ways d. Globalization and mass mediation 14. Language  a. Anthropologists are interested in language­ human speech and writing because its our  primary means of communication b. Language is also a human capacity obviously rooted in biology. We are  born with the ability to acquire languages c. Language is the human capacity that most enables us to transcend biology. The  complexity of culture, the ability to create cultures and pass them on, is rooted in our  languages  15. Distinctive features of languages a. Conventionality: based on or in accordance with what is generally done or believed b. Productivity: the state or quality of producing something c. Displacement: moving something from its place or positions d. Cultural transmission: the way a group of people or animals within a society or  culture tend to learn and pass information 16. Non­human primate language a. Other primates rely on call systems b. In call systems a particular sound is associated with a particular circumstance c. Calls do not involve displacement. They have a fixed and immediate relationship to  what they signify 17. Human language capacity a. So how did the human language capacity evolve? b. FOXP2 gene   Human languages capacity has increased and become more and more complex over  time  Vocalizations became more elaborate  The use of symbols became more complex  Social environments that depend on these abilities, and encouraged them, emerged  18. Nonverbal communication  Human symbols systems are quite complex, even when they are entirely nonverbal   Vocalizations and ritual gestures  19. 4 domains of spoken language a. sound uses (phonemes, phenology) b. meaningful combinations of sounds (morphemes, morphology) c. systematic combinations of morphemes into phrases (grammar, syntax) d. meanings derived from the 3 previous domains (semantics) 20. sounds used (phonemes, phonology) a. phonology: the study of speech sounds, it considers what sounds are present and  meaningful in a given language b. phonemes: sound contrasts that make a difference. Phonemes are disconcernable  sounds and the differences between sounds are what differentiate meaning.  c. Minimal pairs: minimal pairs are pairs of words or phrases in a particular language  that differs in only one phonological element   Pit/bit, cat/bat, bit/beat (meaning combinations of sounds (morphemes; morphology) d. Morphology: studies how sounds combine to form words a. It focuses on morphemes, whitch are words are their meaningful parts b. Cats, 2 morphemes; cat and a s; (un)woman(ly), (ize/es) (ed) (ing) 21. Social linguistics  a. Social linguistics investigates the relationship between social and linguistic variation b. Social linguistics focus on features that vary systematically with sounds, positions  and situations  Style shifts and dictionary: a situation in which languages (2) varieties of the same  language) are used under different conditions within a community, often by the same  speaker.  Class  Gender­ based on gender if you want to or not  Ethnicity: bilingual­ English and a 2  language  Race: black English vernacular.   (BEV) stigmatized, viewed negative bc African Americans are viewed badly  22.  historical linguistics   relationships between languages and groups over space and time  protolanguages, daughter languages, subgroups 23. systematic combinations of morphemes into phrases (grammar; syntax) a. syntax: the arrangement and order of words in phrases and sentences b. Nom Chomsky and universal grammar  c. “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously” 24. semantics and reality  a. semantics: a language’s meaning system  b. Sapir­ Whorf hypothesis: Edwards Sapir and Benjamin Whorf  c. Language shapes our perception of reality d. There is no reality we can perceive that exists independently of language  Accents  1. Has our language changed our reality or has reality changed our language? 2. We all have accents 3. Matter of perspective 4. Stereotypes by regions a. Regional patterns affect the way we all speak b. Regional dialects contain different phonemes, mainly differences that make a  difference  1. Formal vocabulary  a. We all have certain terms that don’t transfer within the terms of other groups b. Focal vocabulary: specialized sets of terms and distinctions that are particularly  important  2. Race and ethnicity a. Ethnicity is based on similarities and differences in a society or nation b. As with any cultural group, ethnic group members often (but not always) share  beliefs, values, habits customs, and norms and a common language, religion, history,  geography, kinship and or race. c. Ethnicity is inclusive and exclusive  d. When an ethnic group is assumed to have a biological basis, its called race  e. Race as a biological concept has been wildly discredited  f. Culture channels and frames nature, while race might have some basis in biology, it is certainty not wholly based on it  g. Race and ethnicity are social constructions h. This does not mean that radical and ethnic groups are simply artificial, inauthentic or  the product of flawed thinking. 3. Thomas theoream a. William issac Thomas b. Thomas’s version: “ if men define situations as real, they are not in their  consequences” c. Our version: “ if people define a thing to be real, it is real in  its consequences” 4. Social construction and real consequences  a. This is certaintly true for now humans have reckoned with cultural and physical  difference while such beliefs and classifications are social constructions, they have  very real consequences.  b. Ideologies of difference, whether it is understood as radical or ethnic (or both) have  led to conflict and violence  c. Such ideologies are fueled by prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination d. Genocide: the mass killing of a certain kind of people­ nazi Germany, bosnia e. Ethnocide: (settler, colonization) the deliberate and systematic destruction of the  culture of an ethnic group.(Native American boarding schools) f. Cultural colonialism: (former soviet union) compromises the cultural aspects of  imperialism.  g. State: an independent, centrally organized political unit, a government h. Nations as “imagined communities” 5. Capitalism: a system of production and productive relations 6. Print technology (newspapers and novels) 7. The fatility of linguistic diversity (resulting in single national languages) 8. The nation state is  a. Imagined b. Limited c. Soverign  The management of difference 1. Minority: subordinate groups in a social political hierarchy, with inferior power and less  access to resources than majority groups 2. Majority: dominant or controlling groups in a social political hierarchy 3. Social stratification: society’s categorization of people into socioeconomic strata, based  upon their occupation and income, wealth and social stratus or derived power. Ex: apartheid south America 4. Think about how we, as Americans classify people with parents from different groups 5. In the US, offspring of mixed parentage are routinely place in the less prestigious racial  minority category, This is known as the rule of hypodescent 6. Assimilation vs. acculturation  a. assimilation take in information, ideas and understand fully. Absorb and integrate  people, ideas, culture into a wider society or culture b. acculturation: assimilate to different culture, typically the dominant one­ those who  have accultured to the U.S. 7. assimilation is the process of change that a minority group may experience when it moves into an area where another culture dominates.  a. The minority is incorporated into the dominant culture to the point that it is no longer  existing into a separate culture unit. 8. Acculturation can be seen at multiple levels in both interacting cultures 9. Assimilation only has that 1 culture that takes over.  10. Metaphors for an American society:  a. “melting pot”: heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous the different  elements melting together in a harmonious whole with a common culture. EX:  immigrants to the US. Works because people want to identify with their ethnic  identity because they’re proud of it. b. “tossed salad”:  America accepts the differences of families and differences of  culture, accepts people’s differences and their rights to be different. 11. Homogenization vs diversity a. Homogenization: to make uniform or similar b. Diversity: a variety, a range of 2 or more different things  12. How to live with ethnic diversity 13.  Assimilation: absorb and integrate people, ideas, and culture into a wider society  14. plural society: where groups maintain their ecological/ economic specialization so that  completion and antagonism between them is minimized 15. multiculturalism: cultural diversity as desirable and something to encourage (USA and  Canada) 16. Race and radical typologies  17.  As humans, we tend to understand race as: a. a way of constructing difference within a context of similarity that is universal and  natural, it concerns humans as a bilingual species  b. defined in relation to some (but not all) physical inheritances (genetic, blood based,  substance ­ sharing) c. an endowment “beneath” or “apart from” culture that is typically used to rank  populations higher/ lower in their ability to behave culturally  d. there are many problems within radical typologies  18. the groupings of physical traits we are use to define races are arbitrary and superficial   19. racial terms are symbolic 20. racial terms are sloppy  21. radical categories are based on phenotypes, not genotypes  22. cross cultural examples of radical thinking 23. the Burakumin of japan 24. race in brazil (CC 22) 25. Ethnicity today is: a. A way of constructing difference within a larger context of similarity that is not  universal  b. Usually involves mutual recognition of difference and similarity among members of  dominant and minority populations in a national context. c. Constantly (re) negotiated from multiple points of view; this process sometimes leads  to violence, sometimes to interdependence sometimes to polite avoidance  d. Expressed through highly formulate displays of difference which includes narratives  (historical, personal) of identity, membership counts, proof of ancestry, and other  communal rites of belonging that are designed to fortify the group and link it to a  larger society.   26 .   Moving forward 27. How do racial and ethnic categories develop? 28. What promotes them or opposes them? 29. In what contexts? 30. Why are some categories recognized and others are not?  31 .   Evolution and genetics 32. Our knowledges of genetics and natural selection has developed out of conflicting  cosmologies   33 .   Cosmologies and evolution 34. Creationism: part of a Biblical worldview, it assumes that God created the universe and  all living things. The differences and similarities we see among living things are parts of  God’s will 35.  Linneaus: the great taxonomer worked within this cosmology 36. catastrophism: developed as an alternative attempt to make sense of the fossil record 37. why is there no record of today’s species in the ancient past? 38. Why do so many ancient species no longer exist today?  39. Perhaps they were destroyed by floods, fires and other natural catastrophes after which  God created new species to live alongside surviving species 40. Evolutionism or transformations assumes that existing animal species evolved gradually  out of common ancestors. 41. Evolutionists were influenced by Charles (yells geological principle of uniformitarism) 42. Charles Darwin applied this idea to biological diversity 43. Biological diversity can be explained as the cumulative effect of ordinary processes that  are occurring today, just as they occurred in the past.   44 .    Natural Selection 45.  Darwin and Alfred Russet Wallace presented in a joint paper to London’s cinnean  society in 1858 46. In this paper they unveiled their theory of natural selection which assumes that: a.   There is variation within a population b.   There is competition for strategic resources  c.   Because of particular variations, some organisms are more likely to survive and  reproduce than others d.   Over time, the less fit organisms are replaced by more adaptive forms  47. Lamarckianism vs Darwinism a. Lamarckianism: the idea that an organism can pas on characteristics that it has  acquired during its lifetime to its offspring b. Darwinism: mutations make an organism better adapted to its environment will be  encouraged and developed by natural selection  c. Lamarck’s view: the earliest ancestor possessed a short trunk  d. Throughout continued stretching of the trunk to obtain food, it grew longer, ensuring  generations possessed longer trunks **VS** e. Darwin’s view: in a population with short trunked elephants, those individuals with  slightly longer trunks obtain more food, therefore leave more off spring f. Many generations later, natural selection has changed the species to an elephant that  possesses a long trunk 48. Evolution is sped up and slowed down by environmental change 49. Many paleontologists are returning citing periodic massive extinctions in the fossil  record. 50. Genes are located on paired strands of genetic material called chromosomes  51. Each gene determines wholly or in part, a particular biological trait   EX: height 52. Alleles: biochemically different forms of a given gene  53. Heterozygous: possessing 2 different alleles of the same gene EX: Tt, tT 54. Homozygous: possessing 2 identical alleles of the same gene (TT,tt) 55. Gregor Mendel (1822­1884) a. Father of genetics b. Austrian monk who did experiments with pea plants in the 1850s to find out that  heredity is determined by discrete individual units, now called genes c. Mendel looked at the inheritance of contrasting traits in pea plants (tall and short ;  smooth and wrinkled, green and yellow) 56. Mendel 57. Some traits are dominant, while others are recessive 58. A visible trait, like yellow, can be dominant, while another, green can be recessive  59. Both are based on different combinations of particles that an organism inherits from its  parents 60. A dominant trait can be based on different; YY and Yg, and 2 yellow peas can produce  green ones depending on how traits combine.   Yg*Yg= YY, Yg, gY, and gg 61. Punett Square a. Remember that traits are dominant or recessive. As a result, a dominant trait can be  BOTH homozygous or heterozygous  Our phenotype does not always match our genotype  62 .   Genetics  63. Not all genetic traits are determined by only 2 alleles ex: 2 variable traits    Lets consider human blood types, A, AB, B, O  6 genotypes­ OO, AO, BO, AA, BB, AB  4 phenotypes­ A, B, AB, O  there are fewer phenotypes than genotypes, because O is recessive to both A and B 64.  independent assortment and recombination of genetic traits provides one of the main  ways by which variety is produced in any population  humans have 46 chromosomes arranged in 23 pairs, one each from your rather and  mother  your parents genotypes can produce 2^23 distinct combinations producing 8 million  types of siblings 65.  Genetic evolution  66.  the study of genetics of a population is aptly titled population genetics.  67. Population genetics: studies gene pools, or breeding populations  Evolution, in this context is defined as change in allele frequency of gene within a  “gene pool”  68 .   Mechanism of genetic evolution 69. Natural selection: directional, sexual, stabilizing/ balanced polymorphism 70. Mutation: occur spontaneously  71. Random genetic drift: change regular change in allele frequency that occurs by chance  ex: natural disaster  72.  Gene flow: exchange of genetic material between populations of the same species  73 .   sickle cell a.   HB^A is the allele for normal hemoglobin production b.   HB^S produces a different hemoglobin sickle cell anemia = HB^S­HB^S c.   Heterozygotes (HB^A­HB^S) prove the most fit in malarial environment  d.   Offers protection from malaria and sickle cell anemia   74 .   Environment, natural selection and human biological adaption a.   Blood types and microbes: Certain blood types can cause certain microbes, and can  protect you from others b.   Smallpox and type A blood: mimics type A blood, so if you have type A blood and  get smallpox, your body wont recognize it as foreign and wont attack it. c.   Type O blood and bubonic plague: type O blood makes you more susceptible to the  bubonic plague d.   Type O blood and syphilis: Type O blood makes you immune to syphilis 75. The redistribution of human blood groups appears to represent a compromise among the  selective effects of many diseases  Our bodies and facial features have adapted to different environments   Thomson’s nose rule: Nose length increases in colder and drier climates  Bergmanns rule: the smaller 2 bodies similar in shape sheds heat more efficiently   Allen’s rule: relative size of protruding body parts increases with average temperature  The comforter metaphor: different responses to similar environments: when it is cold, you ball up to decrease your surface area, when it is hot, you stretch out to increase  your surface area  While our genotype is fixed during our lives, our phenotype can change   Phenotypical adaptation: when adaptive changes occur during an individuals lifetime  This is made possible by our biological plasticity, namely our ability to change in  response to the environments we encounter as we grow Ex: lactose tolerance/ intolerable 


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