Research Methods in Anthropology: Surveys (image of 3 faces an a box next to each face to choose an answer)

Research Methods in Anthropology: Surveys

This post is about research methods in Anthropology, specifically surveys. When people think of Anthropology, many envision a researcher visiting a remote village and learning the culture by living among the people. This is participant observation and is probably the most well-known research method in Anthropology. But Anthropologists often use a mixture of research methods …

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Anthropological Concepts: Kinship Terminology

Different cultures have different ways of naming the people in their families. This is called kinship terminology. Around the world, there are several different systems of kinship terminology. Here are the 6 most common systems. Kinship terminology can be a little confusing, so don’t worry if you need to read this a few times for …

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FAQ: What Anthropology Textbooks Do You Recommended?

I’m often asked, what Anthropology textbooks do you recommend? Many people are new to the field of Anthropology and want to learn more, but they don’t know where to start. Here are some textbooks in each of the 4 fields of Anthropology to get you started. They are listed in alphabetical order by title. You …

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FAQ: What Kinds of Questions Do Anthropologists Ask?

One question I am often asked is, what kinds of questions do Anthropologists ask? This is hard to answer since Anthropology contains several fields and sub-fields, all dealing with different topics. But in general, Anthropologists ask all sorts of questions about people! Anthropology is the study of people, in all times and in all places. …

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Anthropology Online: Artifacts (FREE eBook)

In a previous post, I mentioned that you could view some artifacts online at the American Museum of Natural History. Well, there are many, many more places online where you can view artifacts, both ethnographic items and archaeological items! So, I decided to write a short guidebook for viewing Anthropological artifacts online. The free ebook …

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Anthropological Concepts: Creation & Functions of Music

Is Music a Universal Language? Music is said to be a universal language, meaning that even if people don’t speak each other’s language, they can still enjoy music together. But this is probably not true.  Have you ever listened to music from another culture and thought that it sounded strange or maybe just like noise? …

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Anthropological Concepts: Body Art

All cultures decorate and make modifications to the human body, whether it is temporary or permanent. This is called body art.  Body Art includes cutting, styling, or dying hair; body piercing; body painting; tattooing; and scarification.  Hair Cutting, styling, or dying hair is found in many cultures, but it can mean something different in each …

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The Art of Small Scale Societies vs. Complex Societies

In a previous post, I discussed some differences between art in Western cultures and art in non-Western cultures. There are also differences between the art of small-scale societies and the art of complex societies.  One way art is different between these two kinds of societies has to do with size.  Small societies are often foragers (meaning …

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