Wk 2A 2017 The Meaning of Culture.ppt - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology ANT 302 Monday Key Concepts • Culture • Ideology • Hegemony •

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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology ANT 302 Monday January 23, 2017
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Key Concepts Culture Ideology Hegemony Ethnocentrism Cultural Relativism
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Understanding Culture What is culture? What kinds of culture are important to you in your everyday life? What can you learn about your culture from everyday appearances? Anthropological approach: The meanings of the everyday: The different ways people have of looking at the world they live in. As we begin our study of anthropology, we want to look at the ways in which the “everyday” can be a powerful expression of our culture. In fact, the everyday is powerful because we don’t examine it critically. What is unusual or different is much more likely to draw our critical attention. We’ll begin today by looking at the ways in which the everyday reflects cultural meanings and beliefs. We’ll think through the degree to which these everyday situations seem not only right, but right for all humanity. The anthropological approach will help us to see how complicated and, in many cases, how controversial, these cultural messages are. We will both be seeking the meanings in other cultures and examining our own culture to determine our own values and the meanings of our own practices. We are using a different way of thinking about the world to understand what’s behind many of those things we tend to think if as “just the way things are”. We don’t tend to look at the objects and language that compose our everyday life with a critical eye. We tend to accept them as part of how life “just is.” Part of the job of anthropology is to examine them more deeply not just in other cultures but in our own.
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