What is anthropology

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What is anthropology

  1. 1. Anthropos + Logos “ “ study”man, human ”
  2. 2. Interests in Anthropology Interested in discovering When, where and why humans appeared on earth How and why they have changed since then. How and why modern human populations vary in certain physical features. How and why societies in the past and present have varied customary ideas and practices.
  3. 3. Study of human as definition isincomplete; there must be somethingdistinct and unique of anthropology
  4. 4. …proved something…
  5. 5. Geographically Historically
  6. 6. What belief motivates anthropology?
  7. 7. Holistic multifaceted approach the study of human beings not only all varietiesmany aspects ofhuman experience Question image
  8. 8. History of the areaPhysical environmentOrganization of familylifeGeneral features oftheir languageSettlement patternsPolitical economicsystems, religion,styles of art and dress
  9. 9. Before: Anthropologiststries to study everything about a certain group. Today: Anthropologists specialized in different fields but retains its holistic approach by taking it all into consideration.
  10. 10. Anthropological Curiosity It is all inclusive human scienceCurious about the typical characteristicsof human populationsOn how and why such populationsand their characteristicsHave varied through the ages.
  11. 11. Fields of Anthropology Biological Anthropology Cultural Archaeology Linguistics Ethnology
  12. 12. Biological anthropology Seeks to answer two distinct set of questions1. About the emergence of 2. About how and why humans and their l Contemporary human later evolution. Populations varyHuman paleontology, paleoanthropology biologically Human variation In order to reconstruct evolution, paleontologists search for fossils- hardened remains or impressions.
  13. 13. Cultural anthropology Interested in how populations or societies vary in Their cultural features.BranchesArchaeology study of past culture, primarily through their material remainsEthnology study of existing and recent culturesLinguistics anthropological study of language
  14. 14. Culture – central to the studyLanguage religious beliefs foodpreferences music work habitsgender roles rearingchildren constructing housescustomary among the group.Refers to the customary ways of thinking and behaving ofa Particular population or society.
  15. 15. Applied Anthropology Today half of all professional anthropological are applied practicing anthropologist
  16. 16. Anthropology is a young discipline.
  17. 17. Does it increase our understanding of human beings?
  18. 18. Does it help us avoid misunderstanding between peoples?
  19. 19. Does it help alleviate some of the misunderstanding thatArise between people of different cultural groups fromSubtle causes operating below the level of consciousness?
  20. 20. Does the knowledge of the past bring both a feeling ofhumility and a sense of accomplishment?
  21. 21. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!Yes! Yes!
  22. 22. Think enough of Our accomplishments To believe that we can Find solutions to our problems.Aware of ourVulnerabilitySo that we doNot think thatOur problemsWill solveThemselves.
  23. 23. It helps us to understand and accept our place in the biological world.

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