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ANTH 1010 – Locating Cultural Anthropology & the Concept of Culture

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ANTH 1010 – Locating Cultural Anthropology & the Concept of Culture ANTH 1010 -090

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ANTH 1010 – Locating Cultural Anthropology & the Concept of Culture Definitions Key Concepts Locations * = on exam “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” by Horace Miner     {North American group living in the territory between the Canadian Cree, the Yaqui and  Tarahumare of Mexico, and the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles}  little is known of their origin; culture is still very poorly understood   Culture  characterized by a highly developed market economy which has evolved in a rich natural  habitat  considerable portion of the day are spent in ritual activity (focus of this activity is the  human body)  the human body is ugly and that its natural tendency is to debility and disease  man's only hope is to avert these characteristics through the use of ritual and  ceremony  the opulence of a house is often referred to in terms of the number of ritual centers it possesses  painful (almost revolting) practices from the medicine­man and other "authorities"   Lecture/Slides   *Archaeology: the study of past human behavior based on surviving material finds   Linguistics: study of speech and language, including origin and function.   Including spoken and written languages   Biological Anthropology: study of humans as biological organisms within the framework of  evolution.  Emphasis on interaction of biology and culture; main source: genetics, primates, etc.   *Cultural Anthropology: comparative study of human culture and society.  Descriptive ethnographies of a population, region, etc.   *Culture: integrated system of symbolically encoded, conceptual phenomena that is socially and  historically transmitted within and between populations; a grammar for behavior.  Integrated System  Non­random distribution of knowledge in a population  Hierarchal  Coherent (logical) and consistent (few contradictions)  Symbolically Encoded  Act of bestowing meaning to acts and things  Arbitrary and subjective  Symbols remind us of rules  Conceptual Reality  Not physical; in the mind (ideational)  World of knowledge, principles, values, statements  Socially Transmitted  Mechanism: conveyed within/between populations  Obtained from others, not transmitted genetically  Achieved through language, observation, teaching  Historical  Shared ideas, values, beliefs have been handed down from prior forms  High­fidelity social­historical transmission allows culture to be studied using  evolutionary theory   Enculturation: the process of learning a culture (rules + values + emotions).   Subculture: a group within a society that shares norms and values different from the dominant  culture.   Society: a group of people who occupy a particular region and who depend on one another for  survival/dwelling.


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