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10 - Culture is a system of meanings embodied in symbols...

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1/5/10 ANTH166 Knowing about cancer Cancer is ubiquitous 1. Film, TV, literature, internet 2. Family and friends 3. All facets of the academy Theories Black bile; too much sadness Called cancer because of the appearance of a crab erecting from breast Cancer is second leading cause of death after heart diseases Some people are more susceptible to cancer Mortality vs. spending Cancer has been and continues to be the second leading cause of death after heart disease 2002 1. heart disease 696,947 2. malignant neoplasm (cancer) 557,271 Spending at NIH annual budget 27,887,512,000
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Unformatted text preview: Culture is a system of meanings embodied in symbols • Symbols can be explicit and implicit • Connection is arbitrary – many meanings (color red) Attributes of culture • It is learned (enculturation) • It is transmitted • It has a history • It changes. It is not static • It is shared • It involves debate • It involves power Other Assumptions • Enlightenment views of equality If nature made us all equal and you’re off the table, then there is something naturally wrong with you • Lab in the world, world in the lab...
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