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McMaster University
Karen Mc Garry

Anthropology September 6, 2013 What is Anthropology? Anthropology  Study humans  Systematic study of human kind o Across both time and space Anthropologist  Don’t just study the non-western culture  They still study everyday culture  They study everything “everything is fair game” What does coffee culture say? Study sports, religion, race, gender, race, class, globalization, and economic aspects Anthropology is Historical  Fairly new discipline,  Only in universities around 1800’s in North America/ Britain  Influenced by ideas by Darwin o Biological changes over time o Organisms change physically over time  Made them think - Do societies change too? o Religion? Language?  Societies are not static – always changing  Also interested in having long term engagements with a society o Anthropologists go out into the field for about a year, study them from within. Learn, get to know them intimately  Culture is evolving,  Anthros are interested in how the past has changed people, affected them  Trying to learn the origins of their beliefs  How do things affect the way cultures work? o War, globalization, colonialism, mass media Anthropology is Comparative  Interested in comparing different cultures to eachother o What do they have in common, what do they do different  HOW did they come to the way they are, what is different Anthropology is Contextual  Dependent on the forces that shape human beings, belief systems are different from different places o Forces: economical, religious Anthropology is Holistic  How can we understand the entire picture of the human condition, both biological and cultural  Do this with different study techniques/methods of different cultures Four Subfields of Anthropology  Physical anthropology  Archaeology  Cultural anthropology  Linguistics  Plus: Applied anthropology o Make use of all these four types to solve real world problems Cultural Anthropology  The study of contemporary cultures and societies anywhere throughout the world, not just the exotic or far away  Culture is defined as transmitted, learned behaviour o We learn about politics, gender, religion  From our parents, teachers, mass media, government  Methodology o Participant observation, interviews  Ethnography o A description of an aspect of culture within a society o A type of book that can be defined as above Archeology  The study of past societies and their cultures using material remains (e.g, tools, ceramics, sites) o Another word for material remains – material culture o Anything that is made or modified by humans  Can refer to commercial made products, water bottles ect.  Could also mean hair, we brush it, cutting, perming, colouring  Food, not an apple when its on the tree, but when you pick the apple and make it into apple pie then it is material cultural  Most interested in past societies o Which means that there are no people to talk to o So they go dig stuff up o In pop-culture: Indiana Jones is an archeologists  There after treasure and riches o They aren’t allowed to keep anything o They study those remains and leave them in an educational institution Linguistic Anthropology  Studies
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