2- Concept of Culture

2- Concept of Culture - Reminders: Turn off computers, cell...

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Reminders: • Turn off computers, cell phones, and any other electronic device. • Course syllabus is on Sakai • Go by author’s last name when looking for a reading on Sakai. IGNORE the numbering (e.g. s-33) • Do you know who your TA is…?
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There never was such a thing as “primitive society”! Human societies cannot be traced back to a single point of origin – indeed, early human societies were rather diverse (ecological variation). The persistence of the theory of “primitive society” was problematic since its basic assumptions were directly contradicted by ethnographic evidence (for example, Kroeber’s work on the Zuni) The idea of the primitive society suited a variety of ideological positions (from colonialists to communists) Primitive society had been established as the object of anthropology and justified the discipline
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• Ethnocentric • Unilineal view of history – not really Darwinian evolution… • JustiFed colonialism, racism, eugenics, etc.
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This note was uploaded on 03/13/2012 for the course ANTHRO 101 taught by Professor Hayes during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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