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Ch 2: Anthropology Perspectives: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Anthropology Perspectives chapter of this Intro to Anthropology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master an understanding of various perspectives on anthropology. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of anthropology perspectives.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering intro to anthropology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn introductory anthropology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the work of leading anthropologists and their perspectives
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning social science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about anthropology perspectives
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra social science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Anthropology Perspectives chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Anthropology Perspectives chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about anthropology perspectives. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an anthropology perspectives unit of a standard intro to anthropology course. Topics covered include:

  • Structuralism and the works of Levi Strauss
  • Functionalism in anthropology
  • Cultural ecology
  • Cultural evolution
  • Cultural determination

9 Lessons in Chapter 2: Anthropology Perspectives: Help and Review
Structuralism and the Works of Levi Strauss

1. Structuralism and the Works of Levi Strauss

This lesson will give a brief overview of structuralism and the works of Claude Levi-Strauss. In doing this, it will highlight the concept of culture, binary oppositions, and the basic structures of kinship.

Functionalism in Anthropology: The Works of Durkheim and Malinowski

2. Functionalism in Anthropology: The Works of Durkheim and Malinowski

This lesson will be an overview of the theoretical perspective of functionalism. It will highlight the works of Malinowski and Durkheim as well as the theory of structural-functionalism.

Structural Functionalism and the Works of Talcott Parsons

3. Structural Functionalism and the Works of Talcott Parsons

This lesson will seek to explain structural functionalism and the works of Talcott Parsons. In doing so, it will highlight the AGIL system and the functional theory of stratification.

Cultural Ecology in Anthropology: The Works of Julian Steward

4. Cultural Ecology in Anthropology: The Works of Julian Steward

This lesson will explain the field of cultural ecology. In doing so, it will highlight the works of Julian Steward and the theories of unilinear and multilinear evolution.

Cultural Evolution in Anthropology

5. Cultural Evolution in Anthropology

This lesson will seek to explain the history of cultural evolution within anthropology. In doing so, it will highlight the works of Tylor and Morgan as well as the concepts of diffusion and survivals.

Understanding Cultural Determination in Anthropology

6. Understanding Cultural Determination in Anthropology

This lesson will seek to explain the theory of cultural determination. In doing so, it will highlight the concept of culture, as well as the work of Franz Boas, the Father of American Anthropology.

Mohawk Tribe: History, Facts & Culture

7. Mohawk Tribe: History, Facts & Culture

The Mohawk tribe originated in the New York state area; they were part of the Iroquois Confederacy. In this lesson, you'll learn about Mohawk culture and history, both before and after the arrival of the European settlers.

Chaos Theory: Definition, History & Examples

8. Chaos Theory: Definition, History & Examples

This lesson discusses the branch of science called chaos theory, which helps us to understand non-linear and difficult to predict phenomenon. Test your knowledge with a quiz following the lesson.

Holistic Perspective in Anthropology: Definition & Approach

9. Holistic Perspective in Anthropology: Definition & Approach

Anthropology is the study of humanity, though a major focus area is culture. This broad field benefits from a perspective in which many different factors are taken into account to generate a picture of the culture as a whole (holistic perspective).

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