19 terms

Humanities Vocabulary

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Context
The set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation; background information.
Claim
An opinion, assertion or position; especially one you intend argue for, and defend against objections.
Proximity
If a source has proximity, it means the source is close (or near) in space or time to an event.
Evidence
Information that which tends to prove or disprove something; proof; could be facts or statistics.
Corroborate
To make more certain; confirm. One source may corroborate information in another source.
Primary Source
Original documents or objects, often created at the time, or shortly after, an event took place by someone with firsthand experience.
Secondary
Source
A document that comments on or interprets an event that occurred in the past; not (usually) created by someone with firsthand experience.

You may create a secondary source, for instance, by using information from a primary source.
Bias
A tendency to favor one idea or person over another.

Sometimes a bias that may lead one to dismiss or ignore valid evidence on the opposing side.

Though you may determine that a person or source is biased (or may be biased), it does not necessarily mean that person or source is wrong.
Ideology
A body of ideas or beliefs that guide an individual or group (e.g. conservative, liberal)
Empathy
Understanding or experiencing the feelings, thoughts and attitudes of another.
Plausible
Believable or reasonable
Plunder
rob; steal; usually of enemy in war
Schema
Your own experiences and knowledge that help you make sense of the world
Gist
A short summary of a text; the "so basically"
Paraphrase
To restate in your own words
Metacognition
Awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes
Western
Refers to the literature, culture, languages, countries and people of Western Europe (e.g. Britain, France, Germany), and the United States.

(from Danger of a Single Story)
Deter
To discourage or prevent from acting
Asylum
Permission granted to a foreign citizen to live and work in one country to escape unlivable conditions in the their home country.