Analysis Of Anthropology And Modern Life By Franz Boos

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Ninth grade freshmen year 2010, subject Global history. I first came to know of this word call Anthropology. Since then I vaguely remember that it had something to do with human evolutions. This word anthropology came back to my life this year as a college course. This time anthropology became a lot more crystal to me through various readings. The two that readings that mainly synthesized anthropology down for me are ANTHROPOLOGY and Modern life by Franz Boas and Prologue: The Power of the Between by Paul Stoller. 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…show more content…
I learned that Phycologists study the intellectual and emotional behavior of the individual, while anthropologists investigate the interrelations between social relations that make for ‘‘strenuous exercise’’ in a group. The primary concern of anthropologist’s are the group not the individual. Boas makes is clear that individuals ‘‘develops and acts as a member of a racial or social group’’. Boas mentions the two fundamental concept of anthropology are race and stability of culture and they reflected back to me while reading Prologue: The Power of the Between. Prologue: The Power of the Between is a vividly descriptive atmosphere of the Harlem in New York City by Paul Stoller. Once Stroller got off the train at 116th street, he observed various African statues, Dutch wax cloths, silver jewelries from Mexico and many other ethnic products. Stroller briefly mention the smell and the sights has reminded him of West African markets. Then Stroller mentioned how his friend greeted him in the typical West African manner. Later, Stroller describes the place they hang out in Central Harlem. He said ‘‘ the sharp smell of Senegalese, a rice pilaf with fish and vegetables and sauce gombo and viscous okra sauce with a few chunks of beef’’ almost took him back to Niger, his initial…show more content…
When Stroller steps on to 116th street, he immediately notices the African statues, Dutch wax cloths and silver jewelries from Mexico. Which represents major race identities of the people living there. Then Stoller is greeted with a typical West African manner by his friend depicts the picture of a strong cultural stability maintained in the Harlem. The smell of Senegalese, a rice pilaf with fish and vegetables and sauce gombo, which took Stroller back to Niger is another strong representation of both race and stability of culture that are

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