Anthropology Online: American Museum of Natural History

Are you interested in Anthropology, and want to see some real artifacts? You can view thousands and thousands of ethnographic and archaeological items online! There are many places to view Anthropological items online, and future blog posts will describe each one, under the title “Anthropology Online.” The focus in this post is on the American …

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7 Rules Every Anthropologist Must Follow

In the last blog post, you learned how Cultural Anthropologists do research. Anthropologists can’t just research people whenever and wherever and however they want. There are professional guidelines for Anthropologists. Here are 7 rules every Anthropologist must follow (at least in the United States). 1. Do No Harm Just as doctors take an oath to do …

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How Do Anthropologists Study Culture?

So, in previous blog posts, you learned that Cultural Anthropologists study culture. But how do they do that? There are 3 ways that Cultural Anthropologists study cultures: they study living cultures they study past cultures they compare cultures #1: Cultural Anthropologists Study Living Cultures Some Anthropologists study living cultures. This is called ethnographic fieldwork. In this kind of research, …

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What is Culture?

So, you learned in a previous blog post that Cultural Anthropologists study culture. But what exactly is culture, anyway? There is a famous definition of culture from an Anthropologist named E. B. Tylor. This is the definition of culture usually found in Anthropology textbooks: Culture is “that complex whole that which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, …

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Understanding Other Cultures: Part 2

So, in the last blog post, you learned how looking at the whole situation is helpful when studying other cultures. (If you missed that post, just click here to read it.)  Here’s how Anthropologists understand other cultures: 1. Holistic perspective (Anthropologists look at the whole situation) 2. Comparative perspective (Anthropologists compare different cultures) 3. Cultural relativism perspective (Anthropologists don’t think …

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Understanding Other Cultures: Part 1

Other cultures think about things differently and live their lives differently. Sometimes, the way other cultures do things might seem strange to you. It’s important to remember that there is more than one way of doing things. For example, say you are learning about a foraging society in the African desert. A foraging society means a society …

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The 4 Fields of Anthropology

This blog post will discuss the 4 fields of Anthropology. As you learned in the last blog post, Anthropology is the study of humans, in all times and all places. (If you didn’t read the last post, click here to read it.) Since Anthropology studies all of humanity, that’s a lot of stuff to study. So, the …

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What is Anthropology?

What is Anthropology? Many people think that Anthropology is digging up dinosaurs, or finding long lost treasures like in the “Indiana Jones” movies. But these things are NOT Anthropology!  So, then what IS Anthropology? Anthropology is the study of humans. That’s it. Easy, right? Let’s look at the word, “Anthropology.” The first part of the …

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Welcome to the Blog, “Anthropology 4U: A Beginner’s Guide!”

Welcome to the blog! “Is Anthropology hard?” “Is Cultural Anthropology a hard class?” “Is Anthropology difficult?” These are just some of the questions people ask about Anthropology in Google searches online. There’s the idea among students that Anthropology is hard to study. While it’s true that many students struggle with Introductory Anthropology classes, Anthropology doesn’t …

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