SOCI 1P80 Lecture Notes - Franz Boas, Sociocultural Evolution, Linguistic Anthropology

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19 Nov 2012
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Anthro study of humanity including our prehistoric origins and contemporary human diversity. Biological anthropology, human evolution ( not our course) Archeology, remains etc (not this course again) Cultural anthropology, contemporary human cultural and social life. Make the strange familiar and the familiar the strange (spiro 1990) Emergence of scholarly discipline late 19th centaury/ early 20th centaury. Wider context of euro/us colonialism anthro is a child of histoy of colonialism. Theories of cultural evolutionism - eg anthropology days @ 1904 olympics exhibits of the worlds people, or cultures, arranged in an evolutionary way . Rejections of cultural evolutionism: bronislaw malinowski ( important for his methodology) Rejected the simplistic evolution in favour of functionalism. Different pieces that needed to be put into a whole, works effectively and can be understood. Workings of a culture not a ranking: franz boas. Cultural relativism don"t judge it against the other cultures.

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