Anthcul101 notes - Anthcul101 Anthropology study of human conditions its evolution through time Why humans are so like each other and why they are

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Anthcul101 Anthropology – study of human conditions, it’s evolution through time. Why humans are so like each other and why they are so different - All have similar body types, but bodies vary. - marriage systems, decorations, religions, all vary across cultures - Culture – something distinctly human, transmitted through learning, allows humans to adapt. o Unlike evolution can occur very quickly o Changes such as skin color could take hundreds of thousands of years to develop subtypes - cultural anthropology - archeology – reconstruction, description, and interpretation of the past through the study of material remains. Deriving explanations, theories, and etc to explain variations - biological or physical – human biological diversity o human evolution and fossil record o genetics o growth and developments o biological plasticity o other primates - linguistic anthropology – languages in different cultures and societies over time diversity - what is it? - Being open to and tolerant of a variety of people that can be classified into different categories and subgroups. All measured in relation to a backdrop – mainstream society. - To showcase diversity, people can wear different dress, food, dances, music, and famous people from your background. You show when you’re engaged in festival format – celebrating diversity. Not used in all aspects of life. - Festival differences are on someone else’s terms. Cultural traditions all have the same varieties and can be used to show that we are all as similar as we are different Lecture 2 Cultural anthropology methods - field work, ethnography o Romaslov Malinowski – sequestered on island during WWI, had to mix with local people. 4 planks to his method 1. Cut yourself off from your own kind of people, put yourself solely with other people 2. Immerse yourself in the social world you are studying. Don’t read theory, don’t hide in apartment. Immerse yourself in the social world.
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3. When you’re mixing with people, find patterns and structures. Learn the system. 4. Fill in the details of everyday life through detailed observation. Collect written examples and stories of all your discoveries. o Ethnography according to Malinowski is cultural immersion for a year – 3 years. Involves learning a new language or context for communication. Developing intimate relationships with people completely unlike you. We are comfortable with people that are like us. It’s difficult, if not weird, to maintain a constant relationship with someone very different from you. -
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ANTHRO 101 taught by Professor Peters during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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Anthcul101 notes - Anthcul101 Anthropology study of human conditions its evolution through time Why humans are so like each other and why they are

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