03 Theory - Cultural Anthropology Anthropological Theory...

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Cultural Anthropology 12/9/07 Anthropological Theory 1 Anthropological Theory Theory is the Foundation of Any Field of Study The Identification of Research Questions Selection of Data Research Design Theory Determines All Aspects of Research Conditions for the Validation/Rejection of Research Questions There is no such thing as theory independent research There are different kinds of Theory What we can call them uppercase THEORY and lowercase theory We can think of uppercase THEORY as large-scale, general laws on how a system works- a World View or Paradigm We can think of lowercase theory as specific explanations of individual phenomena within a larger system The Paradigm provides the basic rules and parameters of the system Plate Tectonics vs. Static Earth Oxygen vs. Phlogiston A specific explanation (theory) and observations of the phenomenon (data) must comply with the basic rules of the paradigm (THEORY) When they don’t, there must be something wrong with the Paradigm There can be several different Paradigms within a discipline at a single time Materialist Theory Functionalist/Adaptationist Cultural Ecology/Ecological Determinist Marxist Ideological Theory Structuralist Post-modern/Post-processual Different Paradigms can lead scholars to vehement
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