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Introduction to Anthropology

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Introduction to Anthropology SOCA 105

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Date Created: 09/12/15
s t EXAM STUDY GUIDE 9 Anthropology the systematic study of humankind 0 Anthropology stands apart because of its four sub fields 9 Anthropologies four sub fields 0 Physical Anthropology I Is he branch of anthro Concerned with humans as a biological species Most closely related to natural science 0 Archaeology I The branch of anthro Examines the material traces of past societies informs us about the societies the shared way of life of a group of people that includes their values beliefs and norms o Linguistic Anthropology I The relationship between language and culture how language is used in society and how the human brain acquires and uses language 0 Cultural Anthropology or Ethnology I Examines various contemporary societies and cultures throughout the world 9 Anthropology is quotholisticquot o A broad comprehensive account that draws on all four subfields under the umbrella of anthropology O Hypothesis o Is a testable proposition concerning the relationship between particular sets of variables in the collection data 9 Theories o Statements that explain hypothesis and observations about natural or social phenomena 9 Science 0 Process of inquiry or the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study ofthe structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment 9 Scientific method 0 A system of logic used to evaluate data derived from systematic observations I Inductive Method 0 The scientist 1St makes observations and collects data many ofthe data collected are referred to as variables I Deductive Method 0 Begins with a general theory from which scientist develop testable hypotheses 9 Natural Selection 0 Genetic change in population resulting from differential reproductive success I Measure of Success 0 Variation 0 Heritability 0 Differential reproductive success 9 Lamarck JeanBaptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet Chevalier de Lamarckll1744 m 0 Proposed that species could change as a result of dynamic interactions with their environment As a result of changing environmental conditions behavioral patterns ofa species would alter increasing or decreasing the use of some physical structures 9 Inheritance o Mendel I Laid groundwork for genetics I Principal of segregation o Heredity or genes occur in pairs and that offspring receive half ofa pair from each from each parent I Dominate and recessive traits o PM o the fragmentary remains of bones and living materials preserved from earlier periods 0 Fossil Records I Separations in the level ofthe ground depending on depth to tell a time period in which the fossil lived O Speciation o The development ofa new species 9 Mutation o Alterations of genetic material at the cellular matter I Mutations serve as the primary force behind evolution because it is the only source of new genetic variation 9 Taxonomy 0 System traditionally used for classifying living organisms 0 Proposed by Carolus Linnaeus O Primates 0 Characteristics I Dexterity fingers and toes I Opposable thumb I Dentition number form and arrangement of teeth I Omnivorous diet I Enhanced vision I Complexity of brain 0 Primatology I study of primates O Bipedalism o The ability to walk erect on two hind legs I Adv 0 Better for long distances 0 Free up hands or other use 0 Further enhances manual dexterity O O O O o Cont 0 Human skeletal features related to Bipedalism I Pelvis legs feet hips knees and adaptations such as phalanges and foramen magnum opening in base of skull where spinal cored passes Paleontologist o is the study of prehistoric life including organisms evolution and interactions with each other and their environments Ethnogragher O Ethnologist 0 An anthropologist whose focus on cross cultural aspects of ethnographic studies Definitions 0 Gene Flow the exchange of genes between populations as a result of interbreeding 0 Genetic Drift change in allele frequencies within a population as a result of random processes of selection 0 Species groups of organisms with similar physical characteristics that can potentially interbreed successfully o Arboreal living in trees 0 Genus a grouping of organisms having common characteristics distinct from those of other such groupings o Prehensile chiefly of an animal s limb or tail capable of grasping o Miocene relating to or denoting the fourth epoch of the Tertiary period 0 Hominids the family of primates that includes modern humans and their direct ancestors o Stereoscopic a device by which two photographs ofthe same object taken at slightly different angles is viewed together creating an impression of depth and solidity o gracile a hominid species of slender build 10192010 I Food Producing Society a r if i 5396 Foundation of domestication i Change gradual Evidence 2 types 1 Artifacts 2 Biologicalartifacts ii Population increase ll 3 Basic Food Producing Categories a s in Farming using human labor amp simple tools i Larger groups greater control over food sources 1 More stable amp sedentary 2 Organized around kinship Many practice polygymy ii Essentially u 7 Everyone is pretty much equal 1 But require some formal organization a Beginnings of leaders amp labor specialists b Concept of ownership amp territory c Recognize multiple supernatural beings u Emphasis on the herding ofanimals i Basis for subsistence amp worldviewcultural system 1 Most nomadic n 2 Egalitarian 3 Socioeconomic Stratification more animals more wealth 4 Vague leadership 5 Labor is divided by sex 6 Ancestor worship ii Found in areas unsuited for other subsistence activities Farming using animal or mechanical labor amp complex technologies EX Plow a Greater control over plant food sources i Surpluses virtually ensured 1 Fulltime labor specialists Formal social stratification 2 3 belief in one God 4 Centrally located government and center for economic transactions Cities developed Cultures with an agricultural surplus social stratification labor specialization a formal government rule by power monumental construction projects system of record keeping bureaucracy i Need for record keeping Extraction amp working of natural metals ll Which Pattern works best a Best Given for the Situation b Earlier in time i Increases in disease because of a lesser variety in diet c Later in time i Life expectancy goes up as we progress d Negative aspects of agricultural i Storage of surplus rodents disease ii Large groups lack of sanitation I Political Organization a Institutions that organize amp direct i Small societies informal 1 Larger population more formalized leadership amp more complex the political organization ii Social Control 1 v mechanism of social control a Least organized societies laws amp political organization exist independently b As political organization becomes formalized government institutions can develop b PO 4 basic forms From least to most complex i Simplest Based on kinship no social stratifications 1 Found with foraging economies 2 Low populations densities amp high seasonal mobility 2050 people 3 Leadership informal a Called llbig men 4 Members related 5 Influenced by resource of availability llCollection of Bandsquot 1 Formally organized institutions unite scattered residential communities EX Native Americans a Based on kinship lines but combined into large units often called lineages or clans 2 Some formalized political amp religious offices Still essentially egalitarian a Most leaders were selected based on the basis of personal qualities amp individualment b Little economic specialization among tribes Like tribes multicommunity political units 1 Unlike tribes they had a formalized amp centralized political system a Governed by a single hereditary chief EX Aztecs or Mayans 2 Associated with horticultural or large pastoral societies in which craft or regional specialization had emerged Socioeconomically placed between egalitarian amp agriculture 3 5 quoti H Attempts to smooth out inequalities through economic exchange iv One centralized political authority 1 Large population living in individual units a Complex economic interactions 2 Presence of a bureaucracy a 3 levels 1 The Rolling Elite 2 A Bureaucracy and 3 The Population 3 Socioeconomically Market Systems amp Balanced reciprocity of symbols a L 4 iquot open closed ex Born poor you stay poor forever


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