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Last week’s theme seeing like an anthropologist What is distinctive about the way anthropologists look at the world? What does anthropology cover? What are some of the features of the anthropological perspective? What are some of the research methods used by anthropologists? What are some things that distinguish anthropology from other fields? What are some important concepts related to all of the above?
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Global Processes: Divisions and Connections
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Anthropology’s Wholistic [also spelled ‘holistic’] approach Wholistic- means we see culture and social life as an integrated system, interconnected processes and relationships In contrast to an economist or a lawyer who might focus on one domain, the anthropologist sees interrelationships between various cultural domains- work, politics, family, beliefs, etc.
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Wholistic implies attending to context When anthropologists study a community or particular social setting, holistic means seeing economic behavior in the context of religious beliefs and of family organization/kinship, and vice versa, seeing all elements of a culture as part of an interrelated system.
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Wholistic implies attending to context My article on the Gezira project looks at cultural values and assumptions “hidden” in an economic and technical intervention Context also means seeing local conditions and activities in a global context
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this is my term for what is increasingly required of anthropologists- Being able to move along a continuum of scale from a small group, local event, etc. to its larger context- at
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