The anthropology cultural show and tell assignment provided me with a new aspect of my culture. It was nice to be able to read up and learn new culture beliefs that I have never heard of before. This assignment allowed me to learn interesting and strange cultural beliefs and behaviors towards superstitions. When researching some examples of Caribbean superstitions, I was shocked and surprised with some of the results. Some of the things that I came across had me thinking that people are "crazy" and "weird" if they still practice these customs or behaviors in Jamaica or different parts of the Caribbean. A recent discussion with my grandma helped confirm that people do in fact have continuing superstition: from pregnancy and childbirth, to good luck and fortune and even ghosts and death. She herself, believes in many superstitions. Being able to talk to my grandmother as a source was great because she was able to give me precise details about why she believes in superstitions, and gave examples of times where she has performed certain customs. I personally do not believe in these beliefs and customs, nor do my parents. Both my parents moved to Canada from Jamaica when they were in their twenties'. I believe that my parents were exposed to these customs and beliefs, but when they immigrated to Canada, their views changed on the topic based on the way things are done. The information was never mentioned or passed on from parents to me and my sibling until the day I started…
Introduction to Biological Anthropology!
In this course, you will learn about the field of biological anthology, a multidisciplinary, scientific discipline focusing on humans as a biological species. As such, we will be galloping through a number of different research areas dealing with the study of human biology and history. This means we will be moving quickly through the course material week to week. It is essential that you endeavor to stay up to date with the course material and…
each article we encounter a scholar,
limited and enabled by the state of
anthropological knowledge in her or his
time who is attempting to understand
cultural differences” (Moore: vii).
Last class: Edward Tylor and his
contribution to anthropology
Definition of culture and its properties
Rejection of biological racism
Unilineal evolution of humanity
Culture and its properties.
Concept of cultural survivals (as
proofs of historical evolution)…
Anthropology through development: Putting development practice into theory
Unlike previous readings, this particular article does not really focus on how anthropological theories might be put into practice in development, but rather, how development policy and practice might alter anthropology. Through personal experiences, Pollard and Street, found that working across the boundaries of both anthropology and development they were able to make connections which suggests that research and practice…
anthropologists have struggled with understanding the various roles human culture plays in meeting the needs of individuals and the needs of society, and the relationship between these two. Bronislaw Malinowski (1884–1942) originated the school of social anthropology known as functionalism. Malinowski argued that culture functioned to meet the needs of individuals rather than society as a whole. He reasoned that when the needs of individuals, who comprise society, are met, then the needs of society are met…
Fluidity of Forensic Anthropology.
Gender Norms & Racial Bias in the Study of the Modern "Forensic Anthropology"
Forensic anthropology is the application of the science of anthropology and its several subfields, including Biological Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology, in a legal setting. The adjective "forensic" refers to the application of this sub-field of science in judicial settings both criminal and civil.
The most frequent application of anthropology are physical anthropology and human biology…
Anthropology is the study of humans species and its immediate ancestors. Anthropology examines the origins of human existence from the past and present of human existence. Such as where did Homo sapiens originate? It explains the differences and similarities of different cultures throughout the world. The four different types of general Anthropology is Sociocultural which is when it explains social and cultural similarities and differences. Archaeological is when they reconstruct and interprets…
“Anthropologists At Work”
In the movie Anthropologists At Work the class learned about all the various careers of anthropology in the modern world. When I was younger I did not think about how differences in culture affect a specific human race. We live in a society that is so globally entwined, as the movie stated, it is important to be aware of anthropological culture and differences. Anthropologists At Work shows…
With reference to, at least, two ethnographies discuss the concept of the ‘person’ and explain its significance for anthropology.
How would you describe yourself: outgoing, intelligent, quick thinking, a person, or an individual? For years anthropologists have struggled to differentiate between what a ‘person’ signifies and how it contrasts to an ‘individual’. Within my essay I am going to discuss my opinions on the concept of a ‘person’ and look at how non-Westerners perceive the ideas of both…