ANTHROPOLOGY_OF_SEX

ANTHROPOLOGY_OF_SEX - CULTURE • Collective processes...

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Anthropology of Human Sexuality: Perspectives of class Sex as sex Sex as gender Sex as reproduction Is sex “ natural ”? Biological capacity Physical and physiological processes Is sex cultural? Sex: both biological and cultural Subject to cultural variations Experience of sex is embedded in culture Knowledge, study of sex affected by cultural factors
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Key distinctions for course Sex = sexual anatomy, sexual behavior Gender = social meanings of “male” and “female”
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Unformatted text preview: CULTURE • Collective processes through which humans give meaning to their experience of the world • Products which humans create, collectively – Material products – Social products (behavior) – Mental products (beliefs, attitudes, values Properties of Culture • Culture is pervasive • Culture is learned • Culture is shared • Culture is psychologically real • Culture is adaptive • Ethnocentrism • Cultural relativism (not moral relativism)...
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