Lecture 01 About anthropology

Lecture 01 About anthropology - Lecture Outline 08/25/2011...

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1 Lecture Outline 08/25/2011 What is anthropology? The word comes from Greek words “anthropos” and “logos,” meaning “study of mankind” or “study of humanity.” Anthropology is concerned with all varieties of peoples of all periods throughout the world. As a discipline, anthropology is both scientific and humanistic. Anthropology is holistic. The trade mark methods of anthropology: participant observation and comparative analysis. Why anthropology? The cultural and biological aspects as well as the living environment of humans are best understood as a whole. Anthropologists are also motivated by a skepticism against unsubstantiated generalization about human beings. The holistic approach as well as the fieldwork (or participant observation) and comparative analysis methods provide effective means to expose and invalidate false ideas about humans.
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2 What can we gain from studying anthropology? Understanding human differences. Helping to answer the big questions:
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