Anthro_Lec1 - Thursday, September 03, 2009 What is...

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Thursday, September 03, 2009 What is anthropology? As an academic discipline in service of either imperialist or nationalist interest, anthropology has taken different shapes in different parts of the world. This course introduces you to American cultural anthropology . Traditionally, American anthropology is classified in four main subfields: - sociocultural (or cultural) - archaeological - linguistic - biological (or physical) This four-partite division distinguishes American anthropology from other traditions. American anthropology emerged around the turn of the 20 th century as the comprehensive study of the native populations of North America by European colonial scholars. Thus, as a complex way of knowing the world, this discipline reflects the specific history of European colonization of North America. However, anthropological work since the 1960s and 1970s has been increasingly influenced by anticolonial, civil rights, feminist and other movement for liberation. Cultural anthropology
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