Introducing Sociocultural Anthropology
Introducing Sociocultural Anthropology ANTH 1002
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Sociocultural Anthropology Introducing Sociocultural Anthropology Lecture Notes 1 What is Anthropology a Holistic discipline meaning it studies the whole of human condition past present future biology culture language culture b The most scientific of the humanities and the most humanities of the sciences Eric Wolf c Subfields biological linguistic sociocultural archeology 2 Definitions of ethnology and ethnography a Sociocultural anthropology traditionally included ethnological study i Ethnos people or nation 1 Example Bosnia and Herzegovina Ethnos in a bad way a Political discourse that allowed war to disrupt peoples life ii Ethnology examines interprets analyzes and compares the results of ethnographythe date gathered in di ferent societies iii Sociocultural anthropology is not very fond of ethnology It no longer wants to compare societies not to decide who is better ot to make universal claims but if focuses comparison on particulars b Ethnography i Account of a particular community society or culture c Zola Neale Hurston Example of ethnography i Ethnography 1 Account of a particular community society or culture ii What do ethnographers do 1 Franz Boas a Considered founder of American cultural anthropology b Professor to Zora c Believed in participant observation i Take part in rituals in order to understand ii What do you need to participate 1 Language 2 Relationships building 3 Empathy 4 Humility 5 Contextualize iii It takes time It is more indepth than just a survey 2 Ethnographer Sociocultural anthropologist who spends time in the field conducting research living and working in a community write up a detailed description and analysis of the customary behavior or thought social system organization practice 3 General anthropology a Four subfield i Biological ii Linguistic iii Sociocultural iv Archeology b Epistemology i The study and theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity From the Greek word episteme knowledge ii Philosophical study of knowledge and how people gain knowledge iii How do we know what we know c Two key aspects i Authority 1 What constitutes legitimate knowledge What is truth ii Process 1 How do people gain knowledge a Scientific Method 4 Shakespeare in the Bush a Epistemological differences i What is happening 1 Water rising a People are stick at home and she gets to observe 5 Glossary a Ethnology b Ethnography c Epistemology
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