Contemporary Anthro Theory Part II

Contemporary Anthro Theory Part II - Paradigms Need for...

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Paradigms Need for more humanity Move away from scientific Interested in cognition and cultural meanings Want to get at underlying schemas and taxonomies THE QUESTION: What is relationship between mind and society-how do people perceive world around them? Some say, different cultures perceive in different ways because of their own cultural systems. How is this knowledge organized How is it applied to daily life Bachelor-male, adult, unmarried (priest?) Try to categorize Stereotypes-used to fast track to information Came out in the 1950s Came from studying kinship Ex. parallel cousin (child of father’s brother or mother’s sister) Cross cousin (child of mothers brother or father’s sister) Humans act primarily on their ideas on how they conceptualize their world and on symbolic representation and in order to understand their perspective, (world view, imagination, rituals) one must really get into their heads.
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Idealist perspective-overarching paradigm which includes cognitive
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