Through the readings I figured I was not completely wrong, anthropology is in fact the study of human evolution. Franz Boas said the domain of anthropology is the ‘‘treats of man’’ as a member of a social group. However, through the reading I was able to correct my misconceptions about anthropology. I was corrected by Boas when he said that anthropology is not about ‘‘a collection of curious facts’’. Yes, I always thought the purpose of anthropology was just curiosity. I thought an anthropologist’s job was just to merely collect interesting facts about humans. I was again corrected by Boas when he said that an ‘‘anthropologist’s bodily form studies gets confronted by an anatomist’’. Anatomists who spent centuries in the research of the minute structure of the humane body. I was also amused to learn that ‘‘the distribution of anatomical features, psychological function and mental reactions’’ are all subject matter of Anthropology.
In ANTHROPOLOGY and Modern life, Boas also pointed out the different contribution
made by anthropologists and phycologists. I learned that Phycologists study the intellectual and emotional behavior of the individual, while anthropologists investigate the interrelations between social relati...
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...rly with the collaboration from other field of science such as psychology and physiology. On the other hand, Paul Stoller used real life examples and observations to represent the fundamentals of anthropology. He traced down particular races and cultural stabilities in the Central Harlem of New York City.
On the whole, from both reading I have synthesized Anthropology down for myself. I learned that Anthropology is not just about collecting facts about humans. It is actually the study of two major fundamental concepts which is race and cultural stability. I also learned that anthropology has a lot to do with other fields of sciences like anatomy, psychology and physiology. I also realized that anthropology is a interesting process of contribution for the social science. It also holds the key of learning about different cultures and race and our long lost ancestors.
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