Daily Readings for Test 1

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Anth 1003 Daily Readings Reading for 8/27 EE1- What is Anthropology? Anthropology— a discipline of infinite curiosity about human beings. Holistic— multifactured, approach to the study of human beings. Anthropologists study not only all varieties of people but many aspects of human experience as well. e Example: when describing a group of people, an anthropologist might discuss the history of the area in which the people live, the physical environment, the organization of family life, the general features of their language, the group’s settlement patterns, political and economic systems, religion, and style of art and dress. While these features might be described separately, most anthropologists try to understand the connections between different aspects of physical and social life. Biological (physical) Anthropology— The study of humans as biological organisms, dealing with emergence and evolution of humans and with contemporary biological variations among human populations. e Seeks to answer 2 distinct set of questions. o 1 st - questions about the emergence of humans and their later evolution ( human paleontology or paleoanthropology) o 2 nd -questions about how and why contemporary human populations vary biologically ( human variation) Cultural Anthropology— The study of cultural variation and universals in the past and present. 1. Archaeology 2. Linguistics 3. Ethnology—the study of recent cultures, is now usually referred to by the parent, cultural anthropology. Culture-- the customary ways of thinking and behaving of a particular population or society. Language, religious beliefs, food preferences, music, work habits, gender roles 3 main branches of cultural anthropology 1. Archaeology— the study of past cultures primarily through their material remains. 2. Anthropological Linguistics— the anthropological study of languages 3. Ethnology— the study of existing and recent cultures Ethnographers- vary in the degree to which they strive for completeness in their coverage of cultural and social life. Applied or Practicing Anthropology— is explicit in its concern with making anthropological knowledge useful. Readings for 8/29—EE2 What is culture? Culture- refers to the total way of life of any society, not simply to those parts of this way which the society regards as higher or more desirable. Or- refers to a desirable quality we can acquire by attending a sufficient number of plays and concerts and visiting art museums and galleries. Society-- a group of people who occupy a particular territory and speak a common language not generally understood by neighboring peoples. Subculture-
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ANTH 1003 taught by Professor Demovic during the Spring '07 term at LSU.

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