ANT 102-9-15 - 9/15/09 Assignment Spradley "Ethnology and...

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9/15/09 Assignment Spradley “Ethnology and Culture” Reminders Quiz grades on blackboard Today What is Uni-Lineal Evolution? - The idea of civilization savagery, barbarism and civilization - believe that elements of culture do become more complex and adaptive, contributing to people’s overall well-being What is Neo-Evolution (Steward, White) -Change happens in culture but it is not necessarily better, this is the last remnant of cultural evolution What are the four forms of modern society? -Band, Tribe, Chiefdom, State (forms of societies may take, rather than must as in prior ideas, no one is more primitive or simpler than another except in levels of technology) Conclusion: No culture is more simple than another, they avoid words such as “progress” (it implies some cultures are simpler than others), instead they use the word process Objectives What is Cultural Relativism? - Every culture should be evaluated from its own idea of its own culture not from the ideas of others
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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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ANT 102-9-15 - 9/15/09 Assignment Spradley "Ethnology and...

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