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What is Archaeology?

In a previous blog post, you learned that Archaeology is one of the 4 fields of Anthropology. But what exactly is it? Archaeology has been called “past tense of Cultural Anthropology.” Cultural Anthropologists study living people, while Archaeologists study the things that people left behind, which are called material culture. Material culture can include buildings, …

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What is Physical Anthropology?

In a previous blog post, you learned about the 4 fields of Anthropology: Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistics. In this blog post, we will be exploring the field of Physical Anthropology. Physical Anthropology Physical Anthropology is also known as Biological Anthropology, so if you see the words, “Biological Anthropology,” somewhere, don’t worry, it’s …

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Anthropology in Action: Disease & Poverty in Nairobi, Kenya (Part 2)

In my last blog post, I explained the research process behind a small research project that I conducted in Nairobi, Kenya in 2007. I detailed how I found a research topic (health & illness) and narrowed that topic into a research question (the relationship between disease and poverty). I chose a population to study (residents …

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Anthropology in Action: Disease & Poverty in Nairobi, Kenya (Part 1)

In my recent blog posts, I have discussed how to start a research project involving surveys. But, the process I described can be applied to other types of research methods as well. So, now I’d like to show you an example of when I used this process for a real research project, and show Anthropology …

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What Can You Do With a Major in Anthropology?

In previous blog posts, I’ve discussed what Anthropology is, and the 4 fields of Anthropology. I’ve also discussed the kinds of questions Anthropologists ask. But, what can you do with a major in Anthropology? Here are just a few examples of places Anthropologists are working, along with their job titles (provided by the American Anthropological …

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Survey Research in Anthropology: Part 4 – Doing a Literature Review

So, in a previous blog post, you learned that sometimes Anthropologists use surveys during their research, to collect data on the people they are studying. In other previous blog posts, you learned how to find a research topic, narrow that topic down into a research question, and refine your research question by deciding on a population and a sample. …

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Survey Research in Anthropology: Part 3 – Finding a Population & Sample

So, in a previous blog post, you learned that sometimes Anthropologists use surveys during their research, to collect data on the people they are studying. In other previous blog posts, you learned how to find a research topic, and then narrow that topic down into a research question. This blog post will be focusing on …

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Survey Research in Anthropology: Part 2 – Finding a Research Question

So, in a previous blog post, you learned that sometimes Anthropologists use surveys to collect data on the people they are studying. In the last blog post, I talked about finding a research topic, and I narrowed down a topic from health & illness to infectious diseases and then down to influenza.  In this blog post, …

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Survey Research in Anthropology: Part 1- Finding a Research Topic

So, in the last blog post, you learned that sometimes Anthropologists use surveys to collect data on the people they are studying. In this blog post, I’ll be talking about finding a research topic.  When you want to give out a survey, there are questions that you want answered. But how do you know what to …

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