study of man; humankind.
Socio-cultural Anthropology—study of people, culture, what they are doing now.
2 directions they take –European tradition
Cultural Anthropology- symbolic forms
Brits more interested in socio-structure. Wanted to rule more areas.
Linguistics—study of language. Focuses on one aspect (language).
Archaeology—study of artifacts- use this to understand culture.
Physical Anthropology—human beings as organisms. (finding of human fossils) Comparative
physiology. Looking at primates as a whole.
Applied Anthropology—taking concepts used in anthropology to deal with social problems.
reaction to your environment
Flip side of
what we may think is bad or not normal, but is in other cultures. Ex: Hagi and his
all kinds of beliefs, actions, morals.
If we didn’t have culture, people wouldn’t know how to interact with one another. What we can
eat, our relatives, who can we marry?
Learn through culture—how to behave in certain situations.
Ex: elevator behavior, never talked
about taught or explained.
anything you learn and can find in the library or someone tells you how to do
that. Ex: How to write a letter, manners.
Our culture… 4 different flavors of people using the term uncle.
Mother’s sister’s husband –not by blood
Father’s sister’s husband- not by blood
But other cultures DO NOT consider unblood relatives to be “uncles”
definition of culture
that complex fold that includes knowledge, belief, art, law, morals, customs, and habits
and other capability acquired as a human as a member of society.
group of people interdependent and share a common culture.
culture id is shared.
social creatures, cultural ideas that we share as a group- stop at red
lights. Red—stop. Green—Go.
learn our culture by growing up with a culture. Culture transcends biology. Ex:
Chinese American. Learned aspect.
learning your culture (manners, at home, school, tv, church)
learning a different culture.
cultural have to learn it.
behaviors intrinsically tied to the meaning behind them. Ex: water coming
down her cheek, any culture would know what that means.
we mostly communicate using a symbol.
Ex: language, different languages use different words for the meaning of cat, they