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Lecture_01_intro0 - 8/22/2006 Lecture 1 Topics we will...

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8/22/2006 Lecture 1 Topics we will cover today * What is anthropology? * How does it differ from other natural and social sciences? * What do anthropologists do? ‘Anthropology’ = “the study of Man [humans]” * Biological and cultural origins * Development * Variation among human species through time and space. Humans are the subject of anthropology * Sociology, psychology, economics, study one or another aspect of human life * Anthro studies ALL of these - This gives anthropology some special characteristics as a human science Characteristics of anthropology as a field of study * Holistic - Studies humans and their relationship to the various aspects of the natural and social world as its central subject, including ecology, social, political, economic behavior, symbolic communication, etc. * Eclectic - borrows from and contributes to the theoretical development and data bases of other biological and social sciences - builds in particular on evolutionary theory in biology * Emphasis on Field Observations and the Comparative Method - Because it is often neither feasible or morally acceptable to carry out experimental or laboratory research on human subjects, anthropologists tend to rely on field work and field observation in data collection and analysis
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