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Lecture 00 Introduction

Lecture 00 Introduction - Anthropology Greek Anthropos...

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1 Anthropology • Greek: Anthropos’ – ‘logos ‘: human being - knowledge Anthropology is the study of humankind Anthropology • Holistic • Comparative Field Based • Evolutionary Origins Social Sciences • Humanities Natural Sciences US-Four Field Approach Socio-Cultural Anthropology Biological Anthropology • Linguistics • Archaeology Holistic: the idea that all the properties of a given system (biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) cannot be determined or explained by the sum of its component parts alone. Instead, the system as a whole determines in an important way how the parts behave.
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2 Socio-cultural Anthropology Is the investigation, often through long term, intensive field studies of the culture and social organization of a particular people: •language •economic and political organization •law and conflict resolution •patterns of consumption and exchange •kinship and family structure •gender relations
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