10 - 7/6/10 Four Fields of Anthropology: 1. Sociocultural...

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7/6/10 Four Fields of Anthropology: 1. Sociocultural 2. Linguistic- the study of language as a social practice a. How people actually use language- self identities b. OR language ideology—stories that people have about how language works 3. Biological (physical) a. Study of the human organism b. But especially a study of fossil records and human remains c. Can be very recent or very ancient d. Try to reconstruct patterns of life using material remains 4. Archaeological a. Can be from long ago—very ancient agriculture b. Or it can be very recent—can be the material remains of contemporary life c. Find a lot of garbage—you can find out a lot from the trash—what they ate, what tools they used, etc. Garbology now—they ask people how much they drink and came up with a number, then went and counted the bottles in the trash—they found that the numbers were very under reported KNOW THIS: Sociocultural : o Focus: ways of life, culture o Ethnography--long term time frame Biological o Focus: organic material remains Archaeological o Focus: inorganic materials Overlaps Among Fields: Culture: Anthropology’s “product” Its what people distinguish human beings from non human beings with
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course ANTHRCUL 101 taught by Professor Kirsch during the Summer '08 term at University of Michigan.

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10 - 7/6/10 Four Fields of Anthropology: 1. Sociocultural...

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