SOCI 1P80 Lecture Notes - Sociocultural Evolution, Dunam, Evolutionism

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Anthropology is the study of humanity, including our prehistoric origins and contemporary human diversity. Biological (or physical) anthropology- looks at our evolution, the human biology of the past and present human societies, includes primatology (study of non-human primates). Archeology (or prehistory)- the study of past human structures through past lives. Use material remains to understand the culture of the past. Linguistic anthropology- study of human communication including the origins and history of human language. Includes the variation and change of cultural systems. Within the study of contemporary cultural systems there are many small parts. Interested in the organization of culture, and cultural inequalities. Applied anthropology- the use of all these fields in the real world to address human problems. The focus of cultural anthropology is cultural similarities and differences. A cross cultural view - we should de centre our own cultural practices/understandings. Make the strange familiar and the familiar strange (spiro 1990). Both of these things are accomplished within anthropology.

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