Cultural Anthro

Cultural Anthro - Cultural Anthropology Wednesday, October...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007 11:02 AM Culture is a symbolic and material assemblage. -With and through which groups make sense of the world and how it should be/ ideas of what is right, proper and just. -Allows people to claim a distinctiveness or identity. Vis-a-vis -Provides with symbolic and material toll with which to adapt and claim differences. Biology vs. Culture Nature vs. Nurture Nature- explains with genetics, physiology, predisposition; programmed to behave certain ways due to genetic make up. Nurture- product of human culture; process in which we learn to behave certain ways and to justify it. General Proposition: All humans have an equal potential and capacity for culture and behavior is largely determined by culture. Major Characteristics of Culture: Learned Shared (but not equally) Symbolic Unconscience Constantly Changing Holistic Adaptive Adaptive: Economic System (Eat, drink. shelter) Legal System Medical System Religious System Kinship and Family "Fieldwork": Cultural Anthropology's distinctive approach
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ANTH 0780 taught by Professor Sanabria during the Fall '07 term at Pittsburgh.

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