Cultural Anthropology

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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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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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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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