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the study of humanity, from its evolutionary origins millions of years ago to its current worldwide diversity
subjunctive, based on insiders' view, as in explanations people have for their own cultural behavior./Objective, based on outsiders' view as an explanations of people's behavior by anthropologist or other observers
Aspect of cultural anthropology involved with building theories about cultural behaviors and forms
Aspect of cultural anthropology involved with observing and documenting peoples' ways of life
The learned values, beliefs, and rules of conduct shared to some extent by the members of a society that govern their behavior with one another
An alternative cultural model within a society that expresses different views about the way that society should be organized
Material culture
The tools people make and use, the clothing and ornaments they wear, the buildings they live in, and the household utensils they use
Culture-based, often ethnocentric, way that people see the world and other peoples
Process of learning one's culture through informal observation and formal instruction
Process by which a group adjusts to living within a dominant culture while at the same time maintaining its original cultural identity
Process by which a less numerous and less powerful cultural group changes its ways and cultural identity to changes its ways and cultural identity to blend in with the dominant culture
Cultural pluralism
Condition in a stratified society in which many diverse cultural groups ideally live together equally and harmoniously without losing their cultural identities and diversity
The widespread human tendency to perceive the ways of doing things in one's own culture as normal and natural and that of others as strange, inferior, and possibly even unnatural or inhuman
Cultural Evolution/Unilinear Evolutionary Anthropology/ Social Darwinism
Belief of early anthropologists that cultures evolve through various stages from a simpler and more primitive states to a complex and more culturally/Early belief that cultures compete for surviial of the fittest, as in the process of natural selection in biological evolution
Cultural Relativism
An approach in anthropology that stresses the importance of analyzing cultures in their own terms rather than in terms of the culture of the anthropologist
View that cultural traits have social functions that contribute to the smooth operations of the whole society
View that cultural differences can be explained by differences in forms or conceptual categories rather than in meanings
Cultural Materialism
Explanations of cultural differences as the results of cultural adaptations through economic production
Applied Anthropology
An area of anthropology that applies the techniques and theories of the field to problem solving outside of traditional academic settings
Ethical Relativism
The belief that all rights and wrong are relative to time, place, and culture, such that no moral judgments of behavior can be made