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Anthro 2A 12 April 2007

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Anthro 2A 12 April 2007 Culture- a system of meanings embedded in symbols Characteristics of culture: - Culture is shared and culture is learned - In the past, it was thought that culture was a result of biology - Culture is “artificial”- it is not innate - Majority of animals are born with behaviors already part of instinct - Human beings are not born with a set of behaviors, but rather with the drive to learn behaviors from others - Culture is dynamic- it is not static - Culture changes over time - that is to say all cultures change over time, not just western - While some societies use technologies that are very old- their culture is not ancient - All cultures involve some level of relative inequality or differences in authority- not necessarily government – (ex/some societies elders have more authority) - All societies have a history or a past- nobody today is living in the ‘stone-age.’ The History of Anthropology - As one of the ‘social sciences,’ anthropology emerged in the 1800s. The Middle Ages (~ 500AD - ~ 1600AD) - Feudalism was the dominant political-social-economic system in Europe. -
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