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Ch 21: Studying Economic Systems in Anthropology: Help and Review

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The Studying Economic Systems in Anthropology chapter of this General Anthropology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master an understanding of economic systems related to 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 economic systems.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering introductory 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 roles of manufacturing and consumer services in the economy
  • 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 economic systems in anthropology
  • 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 Studying Economic Systems in Anthropology chapter exam.

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  • 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 Studying Economic Systems in Anthropology chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any economic systems question. 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 economic systems unit of a standard introductory anthropology course. Topics covered include:

  • Resource management within groups
  • The history of money and increase of complex economies
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of the modern economy
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution of services

17 Lessons in Chapter 21: Studying Economic Systems in Anthropology: Help and Review
How Anthropologists Study Resource Management within Groups

1. How Anthropologists Study Resource Management within Groups

This lesson will seek to explain how resource management occurs around the globe. In doing so, it will highlight the term 'technology,' as well as the concept of usufruct.

Economic Systems: Formal & Substantive Approaches

2. Economic Systems: Formal & Substantive Approaches

Today's lesson on the substantive versus formal approaches to economics is rather simple to grasp despite the way these names may sound. Learn about these terms and their origin and see some tangible examples of each.

The History of Money and Rise of Complex Economies

3. The History of Money and Rise of Complex Economies

This lecture covers the development of money in response to the needs of complex economies. It begins with a discussion of gift economies. It then examines the factors that led to the growth of commodity economies. Find out how we came to use money, rather than goods, for commerce.

The Modern Economy: Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sectors

4. The Modern Economy: Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sectors

The modern economy can be divided into three sectors that reflect the economic development of that society. This lesson will discuss and explore the interaction between the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of the modern economy.

Forms of Economic Distribution & Exchange within Society

5. Forms of Economic Distribution & Exchange within Society

This lesson will seek to explain the different forms of economic distribution found across the globe. It will highlight generalized and balanced reciprocity as well as redistribution and market exchange.

Manufacturing Industry: Origin and Regions

6. Manufacturing Industry: Origin and Regions

This lesson will seek to explain the origins of industry, specifically the Industrial Revolution. In doing this, it will focus on Great Britain and inventions, like the Spinning Jenny and the steam engine. It will also highlight the exports of today.

Industrial Sites: Land, Labor & Capital

7. Industrial Sites: Land, Labor & Capital

This lesson will seek to explain the factors that go into industrial site consideration. It will focus on land, labor, and capital. It will also highlight proximity of inputs and infrastructure.

Service Industries: Origin and Types

8. Service Industries: Origin and Types

This lesson will seek to define the concept of the service industry. In doing so, it will focus on consumer, business, and public services while also defining division of labor, automation, and urbanization.

Local Distribution Companies & Material Distribution Centers

9. Local Distribution Companies & Material Distribution Centers

This lesson will seek to explain local distribution companies and material distribution centers. In doing this, it will highlight tangible goods and legalized distribution of utilities.

Services in Early and Contemporary Rural Settlements

10. Services in Early and Contemporary Rural Settlements

This lesson will seek to explain services and products in early and contemporary rural areas. In doing this, it will highlight the Industrial Revolution, commercialization, cash crops, and urbanization.

Services in Early and Contemporary Urban Settlements

11. Services in Early and Contemporary Urban Settlements

This lesson will explain services available in early and contemporary cities. It will highlight the terms urban, rural, urbanization, division of labor, and welfare systems.

Service Distribution: Central Place Theory & Market-Area Analysis

12. Service Distribution: Central Place Theory & Market-Area Analysis

This lesson seeks to explain the central place theory and market area analysis. In doing this, we will highlight range, threshold, competition, and transportation.

Gift Economy: Definition & Concept

13. Gift Economy: Definition & Concept

In this lesson we explore gift economies. Perhaps one of the earliest forms of economic exchange, gift economies today still hold important social and political importance in some communities.

Capitalist Society: Definition & Roles of the State

14. Capitalist Society: Definition & Roles of the State

Many of the world's nations operate under a system of economic and political standards that may be described as capitalist. These capitalist societies have some things in common and some differences in how they handle commerce. This lesson will discuss some of these differences.

Game Theory: Examples & Applications

15. Game Theory: Examples & Applications

Game theory will be discussed in this lesson. It will be defined before being shown in practice with the Prisoner's Dilemma. It will also be discussed theoretically with the example of game trees. A quiz will follow.

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO): Definition & Overview

16. Preferred Provider Organization (PPO): Definition & Overview

A preferred provider organization (PPO) is a specific type of health insurance plan that contracts with medical providers. We'll use an example of a patient with a PPO plan to learn what these plans cover - and what they don't.

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism: Summary & Overview

17. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism: Summary & Overview

Through this lesson, you will explore Max Weber's collection of essays known as ''The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism''. You will gain an understanding of why it was so significant both then and now.

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