Barker_lecture2 - Socio-Cultural ANT Lecture II. CULTURE...

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Socio-Cultural ANT Lecture II. CULTURE AND MEANING 1. Review 2. How can we understand cultural differences? 3. Working definition of culture? 4. How do anthropologists study cultural differences? 5. What is Culture in an age of globalization? 1. Review Core theoretical/ conceptual move in Socio-cultural ANT - De-naturalize, De-center, de-stabilize conventional understanding of how the world is. Notion of Culture - Preliminary understanding : earliest uses of culture within the discipline of ANT - Concept of culture developed by Franz Boas : culture as a way of critiquing scientific racism - Scientific racism: application of evolutionary theory to human civilizations, and arranging civilizations in a hierarchy. Criticized this view by arguing that many of the characteristics of human diversity cannot be explained through race. Human diversity fundamentally born of learning, nurture not nature. - De-centering, dismantling concept HOWEVER, Cultural Racism - The way in which we use the culture concept is in the same as we used to use the concept of race. -
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