academic anthropology - careers that involve the teaching of anthropology at
colleges and universities. Academic anthropologists do research, but the objective
is more for the contribution to general knowledge.
acculturation - culture change resulting from contact between cultures. A process
of external culture change.
adaptation - patterns of behavior which enable a culture to cope with its
adjudication - mediation with the ultimate decision being made by an unbiased third
affinal - members of one's kindred who are related through a marital linkage.
age category - a culturally defined category based on age used to define the life
cycle, such as infant, youth, teenager, young adult, adult, elderly.
age grade - a social category or status based on an age range.
age set - a social group defined by those who share the same age status and are a
aggression - acts or threats designed to cause injury.
altiplano - a high plateau or plain.
ambilineal - a corporate kin group that traces relationships through either the
female or male lines. Also called cognatic descent.
American Anthropological Association (AAA) - the major professional association for
anthropologists in the United States.
animatism - belief in an impersonal and divisible supernatural force or forces,
which reside in living or unliving things.