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The Different Changes in the Process of Anthropology
From the Unknown to the Known The study of anthropology has evolved over time, and the roles of anthropologists in their fields have shifted. Initially, anthropology focused on increasing public knowledge of the “foreign”, contextualizing the “strange,” and introducing people to new cultures. But now, there is more valid...
The Importance of Analyzing Cultures and Time Periods in Determining Ethics and Pursuing Knowledge in the Arts and Natural Sciences
Ethical judgments limit knowledge in the arts and natural sciences similarly. Culture and time period are the two most important things in determining ethics, therefore, the considerations that limit knowledge in the areas of the arts and natural sciences are culture and change over time. Generally culture is constant for b...
An Analysis of the Correlation Between Human Population and Survival Instincts
In the short educational film “Sugar Beet Harvest in the Heartland” the broadcasters describe how the sugar beet harvest in the Red River Valley accounts for approximately a 3 billion dollar impact in the economy. Even though the chemical process is a similar one to sugar cane, sugar beets are readily able to be grown in a...
A Case Study on the Ancient Cultivation of Quinoa as a Part of the Diet of the Quechua Indians
Individual Case Study: Ancient Cultivation of Quinoa Quinoa is a nutritionally dense crop which is a staple in the diet of the Quechua Indians (descendants of the Incas) of the central Andes (Quechua, 2012). Quinoa comes from the plant Chenopodium quinoa, which grows best at high altitudes and low temperatures, and is resi...
A Personal Analysis of Anthropology
Anthropology To me, anthropology is a study of humans, traditions, and beliefs in terms of religion. It varies between everyone because even individuals who claim they follow a certain religion don't believe everything they're taught. For example, I believe in God but I question several things about my faith. When I say I...
Old Versus New Technologies and Methods in Anthropology
OLD VERSUS NEW IN ANTHROPOLOGY Anthropologists today grapple with a mobile, changing world that looks much different from the one Franz Boas and Bronislaw Malinowski studied in the early 20th century. British anthropologist Malinowski’s expedition to the Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea was the first ethnographic fi...
Reorganization and Categorization in the Field of Anthropology
Reorganizing Anthropology Anthropologists, like most other scholars, are categorized according to their thought process and interpretation of the subject matter that they are studying. In the case of Anthropology that subject matter is human culture. Anthropologists have frequently been categorized according to what they...
Anthropological Theory in the Views of Franz Boas and A.R. Radcliffe-Brown
In My Personal Opinion Anthropology is an odd field of study, in that most people are aware of its existence, but only those who have spent time studying it have a clear understanding of the full range of subjects that anthropologists actually study. I feel that there is a certain inaccuracy in calling an introductory cl...
An Anthropological and Sociological Approach to the Value of Money
Anthropology of Money Monetary transactions are unique and varied parts of human culture. The integral nature of money to culture has caused it to be linked with a variety of other social interactions. Marcel Mauss’s “The Origins of the Concept of Money,” he examine the complex systems of exchange and the social meanings...
A Comparison of Anthropological and Sociological Ideas of Franz Boas and Emile Durkheim
Culture and Society Franz Boas and Emile Durkheim are both founding fathers of the “social” sciences in their own right, for lack of a better term. These figures present a particular conundrum in the usage of the word “social,” as Durkheim certainly studied society, but by comparison the same cannot be said for Boas. Inste...