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The Achievements of the Ancient Civilizations and Its Similarities with the Objectives and Problems in the Modern World
This work will discuss the different achievements that were made by a range of ancient civilizations, and discuss the ways that these achievements relate to similar objectives and problems which are faced in the modern world. Structured societies depend upon people coming together in order to survive, through providing ways...
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Daniel Everett's Life in the Piraha Tribe in Don't Sleep There Are Snakes
Don’t Sleep There Are Snakes Book Review Don’t Sleep There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle (2008) by Daniel Everett details important events during Everett’s 30 years of living amongst a tribe of Brazilian native americans called the Piraha. It was published by Vintage Books, a division of Random Hous...
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An Ethnography Research Proposal: Conducting Research at the Palisades Mall
On 20 November 2016 I will be conducting an unobtrusive ethnography at the Palisades mall to meet the requirements of PL371 class. I intend to preserve my anonymity as a researcher by conducting all observations in civilian clothes, rather than in cadet uniform. I plan on visiting a variety of stores, acting as a shopper, a...
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A Study of the Florentine Codex of the Aztec Empire
Latin American Art History – Analyzing the Florentine Codex The Florentine Codex documents Aztec culture during the time of Spanish conquest from about 1545-1588. Written by Fray Bernardino de Sahagun, this manuscript attempts to capture indigenous life from a native perspective. Although originally titled Historia General...
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Western Science, Traditional Knowledge, and the Important Role of Malinowski in Identifying the Two Forms of Knowledge Production
When comparing western science and traditional knowledge and discussing their various types of knowledge. It is important to recognise the role Malinowski played in identifying and separating the two forms of knowledge production in his 1925 essay of magic, science and religion. Malinowski derived science not from magic but...
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The Control and Influence of Ethnography, as the Primary Focus of Post-Colonial Theory
Ethnography, the study of culture and races has been the primary focus of post-colonial theory as it explains or relates to every other discourse and is the primary lens to view people, which started in Europe with its colonialism in 1840s by James Cowles Pritchard. As the cultural differences became more evident, ethnograp...
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The Changes in the Yup'ik People Brought by American Consumerism
The concept of the ‘American Dream’ has drawn people from all across the world to the United States, expecting that the democratic-capitalist society would make good on its promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Yet the reality is often a troublesome search for identity among this labyrinthine social landsc...
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A Sociological View of the Rising Impact of Globalization on the Shrimping Industry in Louisiana
Jill Ann Harrison’s Buoyancy on the Bayou: Shrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization provides a fascinating sociological view of the growing impact of globalization on the shrimping industry in Louisiana. Harrison uses sociological theories and ethnography to explain, and narrative format to present, the lives and liv...
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The Factors Affecting the Sustainability of Hill Tribes in Thailand
The hill tribes in northern Thailand live a very different life from an average city goer. They will have access to different materials and sometimes they don’t have access to running water or electricity, however most hill tribes in today’s times have access to running water and electricity. However, the hill tribe that I...
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The Immigration Laws and Politics in France
"Where ethics and politics meet: the violence of humanitarianism in
France" was written by Miriam Ticktin and published in American Ethnologist
in 2006. Due to its subject matter and the fact that it was published in an
anthropological journal it can be surmised that the audience was primarily
peers in the field of anthropo...
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The Evolution of Rituals in the Communities of Elderly Jewish People and Indo-Fijians
Change occurs for many reasons. Whether it be a change for necessity or a change stemmed from oppression, societies must change in order to preserve their heritage and prosper. Elderly Jewish people at the Center in Barbara Myerhoff’s ethnography of aging Number Our Days: A Triumph of Continuity and Culture Among Jewish Old...
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Immigration: America Has a Niche for Everyone
Immigration America has always been credited with being the land of opportunity, the great equalizer. Immigrants come from all over the world to have a fair chance to become successful and live the American dream. For some people this is true, but for many others (Chinese, Irish, Germans, etc.) American society has already...
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A Summary of Bronislaw Malinowski's Argonauts of the Western Pacific
Bronislaw Malinowski’s Argonauts of the Western Pacific, published in 1922, is an ethnography of the people living in the Trobriand Islands of the coast of Papua New Guinea in the Western Pacific Ocean. His writing is one of the very first ethnographies ever done. An ethnography is the scientific description of the customs...
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An Analysis of the Ethnography How Musical is Man by John Blacking
“How Musical is Man?” by John Blacking is an ethnography that compares tribal music traditions of the South African Venda peoples and the tonal system of European Western art music. The ethnography s from the point of view of the author and ethnomusicologist John Blacking, who was raised learning piano in America within the...
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The Social Drama of My Life According to Victor Turner's Five Stage Process
Victor Turner describes a social drama as a four to five stage process. Stage one states that a problem arises that threatens the collective life. Stage two indicates that many people get engaged and the problem becomes a crisis. Stage three is when the problem is resolved and stage four involves a realignment of values. St...
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A History of Changes in Games of Different Cultures
In the United States and well before, there has been a history of games that have been played throughout North America. The textbook Seeing Anthropology: Cultural Anthropology Through Film written by: Karl G. Heider, helps show the change in games through different cultures that involves stimulus diffusion; the ideas from o...
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The Meaning of Music for Children According to Dr. Patricia Campbell
Ethnography Review Introduction Songs in their heads is a book that critically enhances and facilitates the musical interest and its meaning in children especially in their daily lives. Further, it bridges the gap between various fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, and folklore and music education. Consequently, Dr. Ca...
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A Comparison of Hugh Raffles and Darell Posey's Explanation on Nature versus Culture
Nature vs. Culture: Erasing a Fault Line Western culture has characterized nature and culture as two distinct frames of reference. Whether this dichotomy is an accurate classification remains to be seen. This relationship between nature and culture has been studied and examined by Anthropologists for many generations and r...
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An Analysis of the Sexual Reproduction Practices of the Ache People
Almost every species has a main concern: reproducing as quickly as possible to make sure that their genome survives and lives on in their offspring. In modern civilization many humans are making the decision to have very few children, or no children at all. Imagine if the human race were still attempting to maximize output...
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People's Future Is Shaped by Their Environment and Social Structures in Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg's Ethnography Righteous Doppefiend
One may argue that one’s life is based on their independent decisions, but to assume this is a great fallacy. The flip of a coin is a better explanation of how one’s life will play out. In addition to the flip of a coin, one’s life is shaped by ones culture, something that no individual has control over since, culture is ma...
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The Male Participation in the Sex Industry in G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire
Katherine Frank, author and anthropologist of G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire, demonstrates a clear understanding of male participation in the sex industry. Through her work as a dancer, she studies why men visit strip clubs, and which factors play a pivotal role in continued visits. Interviews w...
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The Cross Cultural Contradictions Between Body Representation and Understanding of Culture
Cross Cultural Contradiction The prevalence of cultural norms centered on the body have revealed a distinct parallel between the representation of the body and the ideals and understandings of a culture itself. Whether the physical embodiment of a culture is fundamentally focused on the fashion and clothing of an individ...
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Endo-Cannibalism in Consuming Grief by Beth Conklin
The benefit of “stepping into somebody else’s shoes,” is an ideal held by many, but while sincere, there will always be a limit in the ability of one to fully understand and appreciate an alternate viewpoint. In Consuming Grief, Beth Conklin attempts to immerse herself in a former endo-cannibalistic society, the Wari, not t...
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The Frozen Yogurt Craze in California
Introduction: In order for an anthropologist to do ethnographies, they must conduct fieldwork, meaning “they must be living and interacting with the people or group under study” (Bonvillain 53). Fieldwork in anthropology is considered living amongst a specific group (indigenous or not) in question and studying the ways in...
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The Gender Roles in the Nahua and Mayan Civilization from a Pre-Colonial Perspective
There is a great deal of mythology that surrounds the culture of the Nahua and Mayan peoples. Both cultures have been perceived as societies that do not value the worth of women because both Mayans and Nahuas (Aztecs) have illustrated evidence of sacrificing virgin girls, although most of the time the sacrifices were actual...
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