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The Problem with the Normative View.docx

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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTH 2231
Professor
B.Galdiks
Semester
Summer

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The Problem with the Normative View • The normative view is that items or members of different groups are presumed to be characterized by discrete traits and can be easily divided into discrete categories. • Anthropologists were seeing continuous (not discrete) distributions of traits across ―racial‖ boundaries and geographic regions. • All the traits we can see (as well as genetic traits that are not visible) which have been used to differentiate ―races‖ have a clinal distribution. Skin Colour Distribution Most traits are polygenic: • They are controlled by multiple genes. Most traits are also polymorphic: • There are more than two different genotypes. Thus, most traits have multiple
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