Cultural Anthropology

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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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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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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