anthropology notes for the final

anthropology notes for the final - ANTHROPOLOGY and ARTS I...

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ANTHROPOLOGY and ARTS I. Art and Aesthetics a. Aesthetic Response the reactions evoked through exposure to art b. Dimensions of Aesthetic Response Cognitive What are we looking at What does it make you think of Symbolic How does it make you feel? How does it appeal to your senses? II. Functions of Art 1. to express cultural values and concerns 2. to preserve culture and its customs 3. to contribute to the solidarity of society 4. to heighten the emotions III. Cross-cultural Dimensions of Art a. Ethereal versus Durable Ethereal those that manifest through performance Durable those that are physical, tangible, and visible b. Hot versus Cold Hot arts: glassblowing, pottery, watercolor Cold arts: architecture, wood carving, sculpture, classical piano IV. Basic Categories of Art a. Verbal Arts i. Folklore- traditional stories & beliefs transmitted through oral expression ii. Myth- a sacred story telling of how the world was created iii. Legends- stories set in the post-creation world that are believed to be true iv. Urban Legends- sensationalized fables of extraordinary events that are believed to be true v. Epics- long narratives recounting the events in the life of a remarkable person, either real or imaginary vi. Proverbs V. Features of Folklore Vital and persistent in daily life Broad, common, contemporary and ancient Connotations include falsehoods, nonsense But, folklore is connected with human creativity, community and innovation
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b. Defining Folklore Artistic communication within groups The study of human creativity in context c. Art- decorative in form, proportion, detail and Craft- designed to serve a specific function d. Deconstructing Legends- urban legends: Unique, unselfconscious reflections of major concerns Why told? Show American reactions to situations of corporate negligence, human irresponsibility, violations of health and cleanliness e. Three Elements of Urban Legends- Higher entertainment value (pay off) Foundation in actual belief Cautionary talk, “moral message” f. Riddles- Fundamental intellectual process Speech puzzles based on metaphoric categories, often contradictory VI. Urban Legends in American Folklore a. Folklore and Urban Legends b. Features of Urban Legends INTRODUCTION of MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY Medical Anthropology- the study of health belief systems in cross-cultural perspective Ethno-medicine- the study of indigenous healing and the classification of illness
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