Foodways: Finding, Making & Eating Food
I clearly remember my Ph.D. chair requiring me to read in an area of study called the political economy of health.
I understood the health piece, after all I was a student of medical anthropology.
Ethnography: Studying Culture
Prior to the 1970s, anthropologists typically aimed to work in exotic
faraway places in order to document the most pronounced cultural
Today, cultural anthropologists are much more aware of the
What Do We Mean by Health and Illness? 1
Medical anthropology is the subfield of anthropology that tries to understand how social, cultural, biological, and
linguistic factors shape the health of human beings. Doctors and o
Culture: Giving Meaning
to Human Lives
How does the concept of culture help explain
the differences and similarities in peoples
ways of life?
What is culture?
If culture is emergent and dynamic, why does it feel so stable?
How is culture express
Culture: Giving Meaning to Human Lives
Culture is Hard to Define
In 1952 a study was published by two famous anthropologists, A. L. Kroeber & Clyde Kluckhohn
In this book (Culture: A critical review of concepts and definitions) they compiled a
Economics: Working, Sharing, & Buying
All economies are shaped by local social relationships, cultures, and moralities. Post-socialist Russia is a particularly good
example of these processes in motion.
One strategy that persists from R
Anthropology: Asking Questions about Humanity
Why Study Anthropology?
Each student on the EvCC campus is asked to take at least one diversity class.
There is a pragmatic reason for this: employers have a list of skills they look for in their emp
Kinship, Marriage & Family: Love, Sex & Power
Society includes many different social groups, with different sorts of principles, which perform different functions.
May constitute embedded series: Nation (USA), states,
Beyond Nature and Nurture
Nature and nurture (often expressed as nature or nurture, as if all traits must be the result of one or the other) are not
opposed and mutually exclusive, but rather intertwined, processes.
Right now, with the
Religion: Ritual and Belief
All cultures share some form of religion (cosmology) and all exhibit the following:
All cultures have ideas about the supernatural and ways to interact with it.
All cultures talk about supernatural beings su
Man is an animal who
more than any other can
adapt himself to all
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
Source: Library of Congress
Linguistic Anthropology: Relating Language and Culture
To use language is the essence of being human.
Culture is stored in language and transmitted using language. It is our ultimate tool.
Question: Can we do things without language?
Politics: Cooperation, Conflict & Power Relations
Anthropology looks at political systems more broadly than political science, way beyond Western democracy to every form of
political organization thats ever been tried.
As a result the