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Race ANTH 102 Understanding Other Cultures Fall 2006
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Race: Folk Taxonomies Classifications of the world, which often include stereotypes, and reflect specific cultural traditions and differ from society to society Folk taxonomies do not often correspond to biological reality When the inaccuracies apply to categorizations of people, they often mirror hatred and mistrust
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Race: Folk Taxonomies What are some of the different kinds of people in the world? Classifications are examples of how Americans perceive human differences But are they reflective of reality?
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Race: Anthropological Classifications of Human Variation Folk taxonomies usually based on ethnocentric ideas of inherent difference in phenotype and behavior btw groups Scientific classification of human variation should uncover processes involved in genotypic and phenotypic variation btw populations
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Race: Some Early Attempts at Classification Carolus Linneaus (1707-1778) - Systema Naturae Labeled all humans Homo (“man”) sapiens (“wise”) Divided human species into four groups, based on skin color and geographic location: H. sapiens Africanus negreus (black), H. sapiens Americanus rubescens (red), H. sapiens Asiaticus fucus (darkish), and H. sapiens Europeus albescens (white)
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Race: Some Early Attempts at Classification Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752-1840) - physician and student of comparative anatomy Divided human species into five “races”: Caucasian Mongolian Ethiopian (Negro or Black) Malayan American
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The Concept of Human Races So, do human “races” really exist? People certainly behave toward one another
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ANTH 101 taught by Professor Simmons during the Fall '06 term at South Carolina.

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ANTH Race - Race ANTH 102 Understanding Other Cultures Fall...

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