ANT 102-09-08 - 9/08 Assignment Lee: Eating Christmas in...

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9/08 Assignment Lee: Eating Christmas in the Kalahari Reminders First quiz: Tues Sept. 15 th Review Asession Thurs. Sept 10, 5:30-6:30 Social Behavioral Sciences 5 th . Fl. Library Today Origins of the “Science of Culture” Infancy and childhood: 5 th cent. BCE to early 19 th cent CE Adolescence 19 th century What were the 19 th century explanations for cultural differences? (some not accepted today) 1. Environmental differences (Inuit lived in igloos, can lead to social institutions, people tended to believe in harsh, angry gods if they lived in harsh environments) 2. Economics differences Does not necessarily have to do with money, rather the things they want and need, hunter and gather vs. Market of western countries 3. Diffusion Good ideas can only be invented once and spread and are copied by others (pyramids) Egyptians invented and Aztecs copied it? Which was originally thought 4. De-evolution -Present gathers and hunters were once civilized but lost their way of life through sin (No evidence for such claim) Bible was taken very literally 5. Social Evolution/Social Darwinism (cultural ev.)
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-Things tend to change from simpler to complex forms, cultures tend to evolve slowly and steadily in one direction toward greater sophistication and complexity
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2009 for the course ANT 102 taught by Professor Oldlady during the Fall '07 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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