Anthropological Concepts: Introduction to Art & Culture

This blog post will focus on art and culture. People from cultures all around the world use art to express themselves. The earliest evidence of art ever found is from about 100,000 years ago in South Africa. Archaeologists found a painter’s workshop, with bone tools for mixing paint, yellow and red ochre for paint color, …

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Anthropological Concepts: Multiple Gender Identities

In a previous blog post, you learned about gender and culture. This post will talk more about cultural ideas of gender, specifically multiple gender identities. When you think about yourself, do you feel like a male or a female? That’s gender identity. Gender identity means whether a person feels like a male, or female, or something …

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Anthropological Concepts: Gender & Culture

In the last blog post, I talked about the 4 characteristics of gender. Gender is learned and collaborative, something we do, and involves asymmetry. Some people think that gender is also permanent, meaning whatever gender you are, you are that for the rest of your life. But, in some places, the gender you are changes throughout …

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Anthropological Concepts: Characteristics of Gender

The last blog post talked about the difference between the terms “sex” and “gender” in Anthropology. Sex has to do with biology and involves chromosomes and the functioning of our bodies. In contrast, gender has to do with culture and is the culturally-based expectations placed on each sex. This blog post will focus on the 4 characteristics of …

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Anthropological Concepts: Sex & Gender

Anthropology studies the topic of Gender. But, what is Gender? Isn’t that just if you are a male or a female? Well, yes and no.   First, there is a difference between the terms “sex” and “gender.” Sex is biological and has to do with genetics. Sex is the shape and functioning of our bodies. Sex refers to what …

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What is Cultural Knowledge?

So, in a previous blog post you learned about culture, and how culture is learned, symbolic, shared, integrated, and adaptive. Now, I’d like to introduce another concept related to culture, called cultural knowledge. Cultural knowledge includes the mental parts of culture, such as beliefs, rules, and attitudes. Cultural knowledge has 5 elements, norms, values, symbols, constructions …

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Do Different Cultures Have Things in Common?

Cultures around the world are all different. But, do different cultures have things in common? Are there some things that ALL cultures have? YES! These are called cultural universals.  If cultures are so different, then why do cultural universals exist? This is because all cultures of the world face the same problems. For example, they need …

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What Equipment Does a Cultural Anthropologist Use?

Today’s topic: What equipment does a Cultural Anthropologist use? In a previous blog post, you learned how Cultural Anthropologists do research on other cultures. You also learned about the ethical principles Anthropologists need to follow while doing research. But what equipment do Anthropologists use in their research? This blog post will describe some things that Cultural Anthropologists often …

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Anthropology Online: Anthropology of Current World Issues

Do you want to take a FREE course in Anthropology online? Check out the Anthropology of Current World Issues class on this website:  https://www.edx.org/course/anthropology-of-current-world-issues-2 This is a self-paced introductory course in Anthropology, and it starts on July 28, 2019! The course is 9 weeks long, and only takes about 2-4 hours of your time each week. …

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