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Culture Change

1) What is the new form of expansive capitalism that has emerged since the mid-20th century? 2) Who is Arjun Appadurai and what is his contribution to the discipline of anthropology? 3) What is the impact of ethnic resurgence on our world today?

Culture Change

1) What are some examples of unforseen changes in US communities and middle class neighborhoods of a society that has become involved in the modernizing process. 2) What levels of cultural systems are likely to be affected when these changes occur? 3) What examples exist to show that people are fully aware of the long-ter

Cultural Relativism

I have been reading about the practice of female genital mutilation as a rite of passage in some cultures and have some questions: 1) What is the rationale for this practice? 2) Why is it that anthropologists do not apply cultural relativism here?Wouldn't it be better if they did? 3) Are there any genital mutilation pr


1) I know that in Europe and North America we are primarily of bilateral descent, but what does this mean? Does it simply mean we recognize descent from both our mother's and our father's sides of the family, or is there more to it, related to how it applies to American culture (meaning how does it work)? 2) What type of post

Site Critique: Petra Site

I am expecting this subject to be in the test for tomorrow. Can you please help me? I need it as soon as possible. Look at an account of archaeological information about a lost city or ancient civilization on the Internet and evaluate it to the best of your ability. i chose Petra and the attached article is the site i chose.

Need assistance with the the topic of death and dying.

How does African American family grieve or mourn for an older relative who has died? What are some similarities and differences with how African Americans cope with death and how other cultures cope? What are some general themes that occur in several cultures' approach to dealing with death and dying.

Class and caste

1. What are some contrasting significances between old age in literate and nonliterate societies. 2. Common-interest associations often have been referred to in the anthropological literature as voluntary associations, but why and how is this term misleading. 3. What are some contrasts with regard to the concepts of class

Understanding cultures

1) In the article,"Why Can't People Feed Themselves?" by Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins, what is the main theme and the most important points that the authors are trying to make? 2) In the article, what process or processes are the two authors talking about when they state that "hunger and underdevelopment must always

Anthropology terms

1. What is the relationship between anthropology and colonialism? 2. In comparing and contrasting the field studies of Bronislaw Malinowski and Annette Weiner, what were the major differences and what were the causes of these differences? 3. What are some of the challenges and opportunities provided by the practice of

Eating Christmas on the Kalahari

1. Why is the anthropologist's gift of an ox dinner considered a problem by the Ju/'hoansi and how do they solve the problem? 2. Why do the Ju/'huansi ridicule and denigrate people who have been successful hunters or who have provided them with a Christmas ox?

Anthropology: Archaeology stereotypes

I am not understanding the questions and the relationship between stereotypes and archaeology. Here are the questions: Stereotypes in archaeology. What are the stereotypes of archaeology and archaeologists? What are the central themes that permeate fictional portrayals and the popular media? What are archaeologists usually do

Ethnographic Fieldwork

In describing and interpreting human cultures, anthropologists have long relied on ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation. 1. What makes this research method uniquely challenging and effective? Need help in answering the above, particularly related to the following: 1. challenges linked to i

Cultural Relativism

1. Are there any situations in which it is desirable or necessary for an anthropologist NOT to use cultural relativism? What would they be and why would it be okay? 2. What are 10 examples of how, in daily life, we employ something that had its historical origin in a culture that was not invented in the United States?

Social Stratification:

Using the following two patterns of social stratification: class and gender.Explain in terms of their biases, their effects on society, and the possibilities of moving out of their "social status" to a higher social status. What are two effects of social stratification on society?Identify two possibilities or lack of possibilit

Leading countries in today's world economy

Identify two of the leading countries in today's world economy. What criteria is used to determine the leading countries? List four factors to support the selection selection of why these two countries are in a leading position. Were these two countries in the same position 200 years ago? 100 years ago? 50 years ago? What accoun

Research Focus for a Cultural Anthropologist

As a cultural anthropologist what might be a focus or propose to research? Why choose this culture and topic for research? What is hoped to discover, accomplish, or address by studying this culture? What or how does one prepare for culture shock?

Universal human rights are listed.

Cultural relativism is the view that each culture must be understood in terms of the values and ideas of that culture and not be judged by the standards of another,However, critical cultural relativism poses questions about cultural practices in terms of who accepts them and whether they are harming or helping "universal human r

Anthropology: On Human Evolutionary Studies

Why do you think chimpanzees are frequently held up as a good model for understanding human evolution? What morphological and behavioral similarities might they have with early hominids?

Evolution is briefly debated.

What did you think about evolution? Who or what helped shape your views--parents, school, church, media, etc? Did you learn about evolution by natural selection in school? Is there any aspect of evolution about which you are curious and would like more information?

Anthropology multiple choice questions

1. Which of the following is characteristic of the anthropological approach? a. an emphasis on biological explanations of cultural variation b. ethnocentrism c. an emphasis on shared customs and institutions d. an emphasis on the individual e. all of the above 2. Anthropologists generally consider cultural

The Kayapo in Brazil are assessed in terms of anthropolgical relevance.

These questions are discussed: 1. The Brazilian developers wished ot build a dam that would force Kayapo out of their lands. International recognition of the work of Altamira protesting the dam won international attention. Taking position, regarding the rights of the indigenous people to preserve their way of life over the

Kinship and Social Stratification are explored in several contexts.

These questions are explored: 1. Which one of the kinship structures, such as Lin Family of Taiwan, the Iroquois or the Eskimo and explain from the perspective of culture and survival, the possible strengths of the kinship pattern in making a living and managing environment. 2. As a reference point, regarding the above

Cultural Relativism is examined in terms of universal rights.

This question is considered: Cultural relativism is the concept that each culture must be understood in terms of the values and ideas of that culture and not be judged by the standards of another culture. Yet, in anthropology supports the notion that there are universal human rights to which every human being is entitled. Wha

Briefly describe an anthropological study

Briefly describe an anthropological study in terms of how the data was collected and/or what the research tells us. You may choose a study from the text OR you may go online and find a research example from one of the many anthropology web sites. Here are some interesting sites you are welcome to use or again, feel free to find

Analyzing a website about a culture

Please provide a web site that you feel gives us good example of a culture or microculture. Next, consider how an anthropologist might view culture versus how the general public thinks about culture. Discuss why culture must be studied from the inside out. Attach visual and link if you can. Make sure that the website is well cr

Latin American Culture

As a graduate student studying the insects which are native to the tropical rainforest of Central and South America, you are strongly interested in preserving the balance of nature in the delicate ecosystems. You would like to see most of the land in the rainforest legally protected. However, as the time approaches for you begin