A theory is a statement that suggests a relationship among phenomena.
Theories enable us to reduce reality to an abstract set of principles.
Anthropological principles help us make sense of ethnographic informat
How this shaping process works is still investigated by some linguistic anthropologists,
who argue that linguistic relativity should not be confused with linguistic determinism,
which they reject.
Ethnopragmatics locates linguistic meani
Branch of anthropology that deals with the study of specific contemporary cultures and the more
general underlying patterns of human culture derived through cultural comparisons.
Primatology-area of specialization developed since the 1950s focusing on the study of
the anatomy and social behavior of such nonhuman primate species such as gorillas,
baboons and chimpanzees in an effort to gain clues about our evolutio
Develop skills and perspectives to help you better manage cultural difference in the future
Enhance your critical thinking skills
Goals of this course:
You will be able to identify the major theoretical orientations in cultural anthropolo
Applied Anthropologyapplication of anthropological data, perspectives, theory, and
methods to identify, assess, and solve contemporary social problems
Theoretical/academic anthropology includes c
Biological or physical anthropology
Developed in U.S.
Sound conclusions about human nature cannot
Cultures evolve in proportion to their capacity to harness energy.
Culture is shaped by environmental conditions.
Human populations continuously adapt to techno-environmental conditions.
Quiz: Holding that humans a
American Historicism in Brief
Ethnographic facts must precede development of cultural theories (induction).
Any culture is partially composed of traits diffused from other cultures.
Direct fieldwork is essential.
Each culture is, to some d
especially whether they understood the tests the same way Western subjects typically
Alternative understandings are possible because of the ambiguity of many perceptual
Patterned, repetitive experience