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What were some of the themes in "Shakespeare in the Bush"?

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Perspectives shape our perceptions and expectations of things around us. Not all stories can be easily told within other cultures and share the same meaning.

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Name examples of what anthropologists resemble.

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Anthropologists resemble storytellers as they are able to analyze different cultures within society and describe these. In other words ethnographies. 

They're also like detectives, trying to discover more about different cultures and answer questions.

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Define institutionalized incest and provide an example

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Incest that occurs on a governmental (or just leadership of the country) level. Example, divine leader of Inca empire in ancient Peru was married to his own sister. Or think Greek mythology. Hera is Zeus's sister but they are married. 

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What are the different subfields of anthropology? Describe each? 

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The different subfields of anthropology are archeology (the study of human culture through material remnants), biological anthropology (study of human evolution), cultural anthropology (study of human culture, living communities, differences in behaviour), linguistic anthropology (study of language as it's used) and applied anthropology (using anthropological data to solve current-day problems in business, social, legal settings)

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What is participant observation?

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In anthropological terms, spending lots of time in another region to study a culture, collecting data and observing through actively taking part in the lives of the native people in the region. 

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Describe some of the notions embodied by anthropology. In other words, think about how anthropology is done.

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Anthropology represent a back and forth between strangeness and familiarity and vice versa. There's this in-between that exists within anthropologists. An example used in class would be a hinge constantly moving between states.

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What is the difference between society and culture? Perhaps use an example to help denote this difference. 

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Think of society as the computer and culture as the software the computer runs on. Society is the collection of people while culture is what society runs on. 

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What is ethnography?

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The study of individual cultures in the point of view of the person living and experiencing that culture (or people).

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What were some of the themes in the "Not a real fish" story that was read?

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Outsider and insider themes. The anthropologist was unable to become a complete insider of the culture they were studying but was separated from their own. ie isolation. Represents the "in-between" that anthropologists experience.

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What were some of the themes of "Argonauts of the Western Pacific"?

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It showed ethnography and the manifesto for field research in anthropology. 

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What is armchair anthropology? compare this definition to the saying "Off the Verandah"? 

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Armchair anthropology was the old form of anthropology done in in which the anthropologists would not leave the comfort of their home to learn about the cultures they were interested in. There was a clear status implication involved as these anthropologists at the time (mainly from Europe) believed they were above the cultures they were studying. Off the Verandah on the other hand means to essentially get up and go out into the world of the culture in interest and live with the people. While armchair was more concerned with theories, Malinowski (who brought about this field based anthropology) was interested in the day-to-day lives and behaviours of these people. How they behaved, what made these cultures different, etc…

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Is culture learnt? Does everyone within a certain culture have to know all the ins and outs? 

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Yes, culture is learnt. One isn't born knowing culture. However, not everyone within a certain culture needs to know all its ins and outs.

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What were some of the themes in "Shakespeare in the Bush"?

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Perspectives shape our perceptions and expectations of things around us. Not all stories can be easily told within other cultures and share the same meaning.

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Name examples of what anthropologists resemble.

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Anthropologists resemble storytellers as they are able to analyze different cultures within society and describe these. In other words ethnographies. 

They're also like detectives, trying to discover more about different cultures and answer questions.

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Define institutionalized incest and provide an example

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Incest that occurs on a governmental (or just leadership of the country) level. Example, divine leader of Inca empire in ancient Peru was married to his own sister. Or think Greek mythology. Hera is Zeus's sister but they are married. 

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What are the different subfields of anthropology? Describe each? 

A:

The different subfields of anthropology are archeology (the study of human culture through material remnants), biological anthropology (study of human evolution), cultural anthropology (study of human culture, living communities, differences in behaviour), linguistic anthropology (study of language as it's used) and applied anthropology (using anthropological data to solve current-day problems in business, social, legal settings)

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What is participant observation?

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In anthropological terms, spending lots of time in another region to study a culture, collecting data and observing through actively taking part in the lives of the native people in the region. 

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Describe some of the notions embodied by anthropology. In other words, think about how anthropology is done.

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Anthropology represent a back and forth between strangeness and familiarity and vice versa. There's this in-between that exists within anthropologists. An example used in class would be a hinge constantly moving between states.

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What is the difference between society and culture? Perhaps use an example to help denote this difference. 

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Think of society as the computer and culture as the software the computer runs on. Society is the collection of people while culture is what society runs on. 

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What is ethnography?

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The study of individual cultures in the point of view of the person living and experiencing that culture (or people).

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What were some of the themes in the "Not a real fish" story that was read?

A:

Outsider and insider themes. The anthropologist was unable to become a complete insider of the culture they were studying but was separated from their own. ie isolation. Represents the "in-between" that anthropologists experience.

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What were some of the themes of "Argonauts of the Western Pacific"?

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It showed ethnography and the manifesto for field research in anthropology. 

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What is armchair anthropology? compare this definition to the saying "Off the Verandah"? 

A:

Armchair anthropology was the old form of anthropology done in in which the anthropologists would not leave the comfort of their home to learn about the cultures they were interested in. There was a clear status implication involved as these anthropologists at the time (mainly from Europe) believed they were above the cultures they were studying. Off the Verandah on the other hand means to essentially get up and go out into the world of the culture in interest and live with the people. While armchair was more concerned with theories, Malinowski (who brought about this field based anthropology) was interested in the day-to-day lives and behaviours of these people. How they behaved, what made these cultures different, etc…

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Is culture learnt? Does everyone within a certain culture have to know all the ins and outs? 

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Yes, culture is learnt. One isn't born knowing culture. However, not everyone within a certain culture needs to know all its ins and outs.

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