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By Peter Metcalf

The final consultant for the scholar encountering anthropology for the 1st time, Anthropology: The Basics explains and explores key anthropological strategies including:
<UL> • what's anthropology?
• how do we distinguish cultural alterations from actual ones?
• what's tradition, anyway?
• how do anthropologists research culture?
• what are the main theories and ways used today?
• How has the self-discipline replaced over time?
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This student-friendly textual content presents an summary of the elemental ideas of anthropology and is a useful advisor for somebody eager to research extra approximately this attention-grabbing subject.

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PSYCHOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY This is important, because otherwise anthropology would be a branch of psychology. If teleology is to be avoided, if cultures are not to be made into entities that exist somehow on their own, we have to concede that they exist inside peoples’ heads. It is true of 39 40 Social do’s and don’ts course that rules may be written down, like the Ten Commandments. There may even be watchdog organizations that try to maintain cultural purity, like the Académie Française (the “French Academy,” an elite organization of senior scholars).

For example, Australian Aborigine children achieved genius scores on tests where they had to decide from a drawing whether two pieces of entwined rope were knotted together or whether they would simply pull apart. Those administering the tests were astonished, until they discovered that the children spent hours playing string games, that is, making patterns by pulling a loop of string around their fingers, and then transforming the pattern with a flick of the wrist. That particular test was then of course dropped, since it was obviously “biasing” the results.

For example, Australian Aborigine children achieved genius scores on tests where they had to decide from a drawing whether two pieces of entwined rope were knotted together or whether they would simply pull apart. Those administering the tests were astonished, until they discovered that the children spent hours playing string games, that is, making patterns by pulling a loop of string around their fingers, and then transforming the pattern with a flick of the wrist. That particular test was then of course dropped, since it was obviously “biasing” the results.

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