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Anthropology 1025F/G
Sherry Larkin

WEEK 1 WHAT IS ANTHROPOLOGY Anthropology has humanity as its object of research but unlike the other human sciences it tries to grasp its object through its most diverse manifestations LeviStrauss 198349 Anthropologists are generally thought of as individuals who travel to little known corners of the world to study exotic peoples or who dig deep into the earth to uncover the fossil remains or the tools and pots of people who lived long ago EmberEmber 19882 Anthropology tries to account for the social cultural variation in the world but a crucial part of the anthropological project is also trying to conceptualize and understand similarities Eriksen 19951 Anthropology is the comparative study of human societies and cultures NandaWarms 19982Anthropology is the study of human nature human society and the human past SchultzLavenda 19983THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVEhas three main attributes1Holistic Integrate all thats known about human beings at the highest levelthe entire range Ex not just economic touches on economy politics culture family etc 2Comparative Compares different societies 3Evolutionary Projects about past and present how things develop WHAT IS CULTURE AND HOW IS IT USED IN ANTHROPOLOGY Tylor 1871 knowledge belief art morals law custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society
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