Lecture 6

Classify understand ethnoscience is a theoretical

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Unformatted text preview: n Systems • • Creation of shared mental models applied to perceptions and Creation shared experiences in order to: experiences – Organize – Classify – Understand Ethnoscience is a theoretical perspective that focuses on recording and examining ways that members of a society use language to classify and organize their cognitive world, for example: and – – – Study of color classification systems Ethnobotany (study of plant classification systems) Ethnozoology (study of animal classification systems) Characteristics of Culture: Symbols Culture: • • • Symbols stands for something else - enable us to store Symbols information and condense meaning information Examples: Mac or PC? Team mascots Symbolic anthropology is a theoretical perspective that focuses on understanding culture by discovering and analyzing a culture’s symbols: analyzing – – Key symbols reflect deep concerns of a culture Example: Victor Turner’s study of the Ndembu of East Africa Example: (mudyi tree) (mudyi Characteristics of Culture: Patterned, Integrated, Shared Patterned, • organic analogy (the comparison of societies to living organisms) organisms) • Strengths – Allows us to understand society as composed of different Allows elements elements – Implies that anthropologists should describe these elements Implies and the ways that change in one affects the others and • Weaknesses – It implies that properly functioning societies should be stable It and conflict-fre...
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