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Lecture 3

ANTH 1210 Lecture 3: Lecture 3
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Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANTH 1210
Professor
Haskel J.Greenfield

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Oc78 Ecology (environment) Politics (laws) Art Language People use culture to: Interact with their surroundings Communicate with others Cope with the world (social and physical) Culture is an adaptive system for coping with the environment and each other Totality of shared learned behaviour Transmitted between generations (if you dont teach your culture to your children it will not be passed on) Learned vs. Instinctive Behaviour: Genetically based behaviour (predetermined and instinctive) Cultural Behaviour: Learned Different than instinctive Cultural Areas: Shared cultural regions North American people share language in culture and not their history Geographic region, linguistic region Ex: Quebec is a cultural region, prairies (MB, SK, AB) is a cultural region Cultural Change: IndividualCultural interaction (people and groups can manipulate culture) CultureEnvironment interaction Cultures are always changing: Over time (have time depth) Continuous and on going Some change more rapidly Some culture changes are adaptive (enhances the survival of the group) ex: new technology, vaccines, computer, etc
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