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ANT100Y1: Socio-Cultural Anthropology Thursday, February 25, 2010 Introduction to socio-cultural anthropology What is socio-cultural anthropology? Is the subfield of the discipline that seeks to understand and explain similiarities and  differences between contemporary societies and contemporary cultures around the  world – doesn’t capture the reason wy people want to study the field Concerned with the facts of human culture and society Focuses on contemporary, present day societies and cultures On society and culture  Lots of fieldwork: ex. Prof. Richard Lee – research among the Ju/’hoansi-! Kung san of Botswana  (hunters  and gatherers) Has different types of cliques – lived in the community and lived in their ways to  understand the culture (tribal societies) Ex. Philippe bourgeois – conducted the study on crack dealers in Harlem, NYC Lived in Harlem at a time when it was a really down and out area  Engaged in urban societies Requires a special type of commitment; where does it come from? What is it that socio-cultural anthropologists do? If you want to know what anthropology is, study what they do Research practices: fieldwork and participant observations o  live in certain societies and participated in their daily rituals and lifestyles to  understand and observe  o Try to access the experiences and the meanings of the experiences Analytical practices o Melord Spiro: the work of socio-cultural anthropology is “to make the strange and  familiar strange” o Anthropology takes the features of other cultures/societies that are strange and  seek to understand them and make them familiar o Also, through studying other cultures and our way of thinking in other cultures,  we find a way to look back at our own cultures through a different perspective  and we seek to find a deeper understanding
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2010 for the course ANTHROPOLO ANT100Y taught by Professor Watts,lehman,danesi,barker during the Spring '10 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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