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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTHROP 1AA3
Professor
Antonio Sorge
Semester
Winter

Description
Introduction to Anthropology What is Unique About The Field of Anthropology?  Means the study of humanity  Studies areas involving politics, marriage, economy and justice  Tries to understand human society Anthropology Today Anthropology vs. Other Fields  An intense fieldwork experience distinguishes anthropology from other disciplines dealing with humans.  Anthropology remains more comparative and global in its scope and interests that the other social science and humanities. Anthropological Perspectives  Holistic Perspective: no single aspect of a human culture can be understood unless its relationships to other aspects of the culture are explored.  Comparative Perspective: involves general theories or ideas scholars might have about humans. Must take into account information from a wide range of societies. o For example: human nature, sexuality, warfare, family relationships. Cultural Relativism  No culture is inherently superior or inferior to any other.  These ideas require judgements about the relative worthiness of behaviours, beliefs, and other characteristics of a culture Ethnocentrism  The belief that the moral standards, manners, attitudes, and so forth of one’s own culture are su
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