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ANT 111, Week 3 Notes

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ANT 111, Week 3 Notes ANT 111 - M001

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Notes from 9/14/16
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
M. Schwarz
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Anthropology, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Culture, race




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Date Created: 09/15/16
Race  Race is not biological  Race becomes biology  Race has real-world social, political, and economic influences  Race is a social construct Scientific Racism  When one group arbitrarily lumps another group of people together based on various physical features  In a social reality, it has real-world consequences  The others were everything Europeans weren’t  Black power/civil rights in the 1970’s influenced the remake of King Kong Culture  Enculturation: the gradual acquisition of the characteristics and norms of a culture or group by a person, another culture, etc. o Table manners o Learning a language o How to properly sit o What to wear  Taboo: something proscribed by society as improper or unacceptable  Two main aspects of culture: o Cultural relativism: an individual’s beliefs and activities should be understood by others in terms of their own culture  Absolute cultural relativism: one can never question what goes on in a society  Critical cultural relativism: considers the internal struggles over values and practices within a society o Ethnocentrism: evaluation of other cultures according to preconceptions originating in the standards and customs of one’s own culture  Who you are within a society determines what you know  Cultures are not static, they interact and change  [Cultural] Globalization: change from the local level to the global level o People thought globalization meant Americanization o They thought American fast-food would overtake world food  Localization: adapting a product to a specific locale or market o Cultures accept what they want to but still make it their own  Class: ordering a society in which people are divided into sets based on perceived social or economic status  How do people demonstrate their wealth? o House size o Car type o Wardrobe o Education and how well-spoken you are


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