Mother-in-laws can often be the bane of a man’s existence. In American culture, jokes are often made about wanting to avoid a mother-in-law at all costs. For example, a recent BMW car commercial depicts a new feature in the car which can read texts out loud by showing a man pulling into his driveway and receiving a text from his wife that his mother-in-law was over visiting. The man immediately backs out of the driveway and leaves. This is what anthropologist A.R. Radcliffe-Brown would have classified as an avoidant relationship—one common in many cultures. In addition to avoidant relationships, Radcliffe Brown also identified joking relationships. These two concepts aid in showing the functions of different social groups and the rules
The topic of gender in anthropological studies tends to focus on women. Anthropology was used to be a male dominated field, that throughout the years has incorporated women into the workforce. The concept of how gender is seen in anthropology has changed by the research done over the past forty years. The subject of gender has developed by defying universal concepts, studying the differences in social structures, and races.
When trying to figure out what the field of applied anthropology is Sillitoe says that there is still some debate as to what the meaning of applied anthropology is and since anthropology is such a huge field and is considered to be the ‘study of humankind’, there is a threat that it could possibly too big and possibly collapsing on itself or how Sillitoe says, “such a broad church that there is a danger the walls are now too far apart and the roof falling in” (Sillitoe 2007). With such a big topic, there’s discussions as to how to define applied anthropology without able to agree on a single definition because it is “a very odd subject”, “hard to say what it is the study of”, and “it is not at all clear what you have to do to study it” as well
Cultural Anthropology is a study of cultures and people, yet there are many other subcategories that combine to explore the world in more depth. When comparing different cultures everything is different in its own way; hair, language, adaptations, skill sets and so many more change all around the world. It could take thousands of different studies of a single culture to fully understand exactly how everything work together to form the culture of study.
Back in the 1800’s the first comic strip was created, followed by comic books, and then moving to the movies screen in the 1990’s. The evolution of comic books has developed into a billion dollar industry by bringing comics to motion picture. Today Marvel’s comics are one of the leading producers of turning comic books to film and generating a huge fan base for its genre. One of Marvel’s most successful movies is “X-Men”, due to its ability to bring their superheroes to life, along with showcasing the powers of comic superheroes, and keeping true to the origin of the characters.
In Chapter 2 of the textbook Cultural Anthropology, it discusses the understanding of controversial cultural practices. In this case, it is using genital cutting as an example of practices that other cultures value while we criticize them due to our different cultural backgrounds. This ritual is performed on both boys and girls in Africa to demonstrate different meanings. The removal of the male foreskin is something that is seen as acceptable in Western societies due to hygienic and religious reasons. In the Hofriyat culture, this ritual is used to allow a boy to make the step towards manhood. For girls however, this circumcision only allows a girl to save her gift of fertility for marriage. Only then will she become a woman. The process is also extremely different. It involves many painful procedures that seem to do more harm than good.
We’ve come a long way from Alexander Graham Bell first invention of the telephone to today’s technological gadgets. Advances in technology have helped our fast pace, moving society. For the past two decades, the advances in technology have enable us to communicate by fax, cell phone, e-mail, text message, and other social networks like never before, and the generations before us has a lot to say about it. Few people are sending letters to each other and most are using emails to communicate. It also has changed so much while I was growing up. No longer are we able to make an excuses of not being able communicate because we don’t understand each other, google translator has come to the rescue.
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When individuals come together to form a group they each contribute “a learned set of interpretations about values and norms which affect behaviours” in order to form a cross-cultural group and set the stage for group process (Engleberg & Wynn, 2010, p73). The most commonly recognized and obvious explanation for this cultural diversity is differences in nationality and among the members. The proportions of representation from each culture influences each group’s group processing and effectiveness. For example, one may only have a single representative (a token) from a different culture while another is a bicultural group with approximately equal representations (Taras, n.d.). If there is a majority group, the minority members may feel unappreciated, powerless, and prone to stereotypical judgments.
The majors that seem intriguing to me are the ones that deal with social sciences. People’s personalities are so interesting and diverse, I constantly find myself studying them. In high school, my favorite subjects were psychology, sociology, and health.
Linguistic anthropologists teach us that individuals use a massive diversity of languages and dialects to communicate ideas. Several languages, however, have established a particular vocabulary to converse about things important to their culture. People who speak English have started to use words associated with computers in their everyday dialogue. The terms download, boot, e-mail, hack, and surf the web, were never used until recently. Comparing cultures and languages, linguistic anthropologists can understand the major concerns, interests and even physical environments of various groups of people.