SOCI 1250 2A
Reading 11 Discussion Questions
1. Why do you think anthropologists in the past came up with such different numbers of human
races? Why is there less acceptance of these forms of classification today? I think the reason why
Reading 14 Discussion Questions
1. Describe the basic diet of a prehistoric hunter-gatherer. How is it better than that of modern
people? The book says that the diet of the prehistoric hunter-gatherer was an an Eclectic diet
Jared Diamond Questions
1. Why does Jared Diamond say that most people are racist? In the last paragraph of the first page
Jared says racism involves the belief that other people are not capable of being educated or
being human, that
Gender-specific use of language (answer both of the following):
a. Based on your own experience and observations, list 5 ways in which men and
women differ in their use of language.
The differences between men and women is something that
Answer both of the following:
a. What key traits make us human?
The key traits to being human are described as bipedal locomotion, long period
of childhood dependency, big brains, and the use of tools.
b. When and how are these traits that make us human r
State formation (answer both of the following):
a. This chapter describes Robert Carneiro's (1970) multivariate theory of state
formation. What does this theory state (be sure to include all of the variables)?
According to chapter 12 in Kottak's Introduct
Answer all of the following:
Cultural Survival Today
Go to the Survival International web site at http:/www.survivalinternational.org/ and go to the News page http:/www.survivalinternational.org/news.
Browse the titles of the latest news articles and sele
Cultural Relativism: Answer all of the following. Be thorough, use outside
sources if appropriate, and cite your sources.
a. What are some issues (plural) about which you find it hard to be culturally
Cultural relativism is essential to mode
Look at Map 13, "Organized States and Chiefdoms, 1500 A.D." (included in
the "Kottak Anthropology Atlas" in your textbook and linked here) and
answer all of the following:
a. Locate and name the states that existed in the western hemisphere in A.D.
Racial Classification (be thorough): What are the main problems with racial
classification based on phenotype? (Chapter 6)
Phenotype refers to an organism's evident or physical traits.
Anthropologists will likely agree that this is not the most effective
The rise of food production (answer both of the following):
a. What is revolutionary about what Kent Flannery (1969) called the "broadspectrum revolution"?
The revolution that Kent Flannery described originated in the Middle East around
15,000 B.P. and sp
a. a. How do behavioral ecology and fitness theory help us understand
differences between female and male parental investment
Behavioral ecology focuses on how social behavior evolves over time,
which in turn allows us to analyze how natural selection