Midterm Study Guide

Midterm Study Guide - Study Guide 1 Explain using examples...

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Study Guide 1. Explain, using examples, the following properties of the anthropological concept of culture: All encompassing, integrated, symbolic, (mal)adaptive. Anthropology = all encompassing study of culture; takes into account everything that makes it up values, traditions, beliefs, clothes, food integrated anthropology organized aspects of culture into comprehensive whole complement each other symbolic culture made up of symbols (mal)adaptive culture shifts according to how components shift. adapts & anthropology acknowledges changes 2. How can the notion of cultural relativism potentially conflict with the idea of universal human rights? Explain using examples. Cultural relativism urges people not to judge cultures by their own; instead relate & understand in context. Certain human rights that demand cultural judgment ritual torture, human sacrifice, female circumcision, slavery 3. Describe, using examples, what is meant by the “emic” and “etic” perspectives. Why are both important in the study of cultures? Emic
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2009 for the course ANTH 140 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Montclair.

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