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Title: Anthropology

  • Introduction and Vocabulary

What is Anthropology?
  • Anthropology is the social science that studies
    the origin of man and development of culture.
  • Anthros- Human Logos- Study Of
  • Culture is all that humans learn from the moment
    of birth and most of their actions during the
    course of a lifetime.

Do all anthropologists study the same thing?
  • SocioCultural Anthropology
  • The social and cultural diversity of now and the
    recent past. The rules that govern diverse
    peoples lives.
  • Archaeology
  • Study of the customs/way of life of people no
    longer living- How do they do this?
  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Study history, structure, and function of
    language. What do they do in the field?
  • Physical anthropology
  • Study our biological diversity and evolution.
    What would they study?

More About The Physical Anthropologist
  • Concerned with our species, homo sapiens, and its
    place in evolutionary history
  • What they study is
  • The evolution of our species
  • Fossil and skeletal evidence, thus knowledge of
    biology, paleontology, and zoology are very
    important to their studies
  • They study our biological diversityour genetic
    code and differences between individuals.

More About The SocioCultural Anthropologist
  • Studies humans in their present form and the
    recent past.
  • What they study is
  • Social, political, and economic anthropology of a
  • The Socio aspect looks at group organization.
  • The Cultural aspect looks at beliefs, practices,
    and values of different groups.
  • Background in Sociology, Political Science, and
    Economics are important to this study.

Methods of Anthropological Research
  • Field work- describes observable facts found on
    sites, where first hand observation is possible-
    Again what would Physical Anthropologists look
  • Thus field work observes facts and establishes
    connections among facts which allows for making
    generalizations based on evidence

Methods of Anthropological Research
  • Participant Observation-When one lives among a
    culture, tries to become one of them- does not
    study the culture from research or by doing
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison- An examination of the
    varied ways a certain aspect of human life is
    treated in different cultures

Why Study Anthropology??
  • To deepen your understanding of humans and their
    accomplishments over history
  • To better understand human development
  • To better understand about other cultures

Why is it important to understand more about
other cultures?
  • Studying anthropology helps to eliminate racism,
    encourage tolerance or acceptance and promote
    peaceful solutions to problems