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Ch 20: Studying Societies in Anthropology: Help and Review

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The Studying Societies in Anthropology chapter of this Intro to Anthropology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master an understanding of societies 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 societies in anthropology.

Who's it for?

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 basic anthropology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding societies and cultures in anthropology
  • 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 societies 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 Societies in Anthropology 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 Studying Societies in Anthropology chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about societies in anthropology. 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 a societies in anthropology unit of a standard general anthropology course. Topics covered include:

  • Foraging societies' social and cultural traits
  • Horticultural societies
  • Agricultural societies
  • Pastoral societies
  • Organization of production

30 Lessons in Chapter 20: Studying Societies in Anthropology: Help and Review
Social and Cultural Traits of Foraging Societies

1. Social and Cultural Traits of Foraging Societies

This lesson will explain foraging societies. It will focus on their small communities, their nomadic lifestyles, and their relative lack of political structure and social stratification.

What Are Horticultural Societies? - Traits and Examples

2. What Are Horticultural Societies? - Traits and Examples

This lesson will seek to explain what horticulture is and different types of horticultural societies. In doing so, it will highlight the Yanomami society of the Amazon and the Samoans of the South Pacific.

Agricultural Societies: Definition, History & Distinguishing Features

3. Agricultural Societies: Definition, History & Distinguishing Features

This lesson will seek to define intensive agriculture. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of subsistence versus commercialization. It will also define cash crops and agribusinesses.

Understanding Pastoral Societies

4. Understanding Pastoral Societies

This lesson will seek to explain the cultural traits of pastoral societies. In doing so, it will also explain the difference between an intensive and an extensive pastoral system.

How Societies Organize Their Production

5. How Societies Organize Their Production

This lesson will seek to explain the different ways in which societies organize their production. In doing so, it will define domestic, tributary, and capitalist production, as well as postindustrialism.

The Motivation to Produce, Distribute & Consume within Society

6. The Motivation to Produce, Distribute & Consume within Society

This lesson will seek to explain the motivation for differing economies across the globe. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of subsistence, profit motive, and cash crops.

Low-Context Culture: Definition & Overview

7. Low-Context Culture: Definition & Overview

Low-context culture is a term used by anthropologist Edward T. Hall in 1976 to describe a communication style that relies heavily on explicit and direct language. Learn more about low-context cultures from examples and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Native American Potlatch Ceremony: Definition & Overview

8. Native American Potlatch Ceremony: Definition & Overview

The potlatch ceremony of the Northwest Pacific Coast is one of the most famous and intriguing cultural rituals ever documented by anthropologists. Learn about the history of the potlatch and its contribution to modern anthropology.

Pastoralism: Definition & Explanation

9. Pastoralism: Definition & Explanation

In this lesson we explore the concept of pastoralism, a semi-nomadic lifestyle revolving around animal husbandry. We also explore a few current pastoral cultures.

Global Society: Definition & Concept

10. Global Society: Definition & Concept

Is our world international or global? Is there even a difference? In this lesson, we'll explore the concept of a global society and consider the evidence that could point to its arrival.

Human Society: Definition & Explanation

11. Human Society: Definition & Explanation

What makes societies unique? How do we categorize different types of societies? This lesson explains the distinct ways that humans structure their societies and how scientists label them.

Industrial Society: Definition & Characteristics

12. Industrial Society: Definition & Characteristics

The industrialization of labor has played a significant role in the development and modernization of Western cultures and societies. Through this lesson, you will learn what defines an industrial society and briefly explore its characteristics.

Pastoral Society: Definition & Concept

13. Pastoral Society: Definition & Concept

Find out what a pastoral society is, and the ways of those who live the pastoral lifestyle. Learn about how pastoral societies depend on animals and look at some examples.

Post-Industrial Society: Definition & Characteristics

14. Post-Industrial Society: Definition & Characteristics

Did you know that the United States of America is considered a post-industrial society? Learn more about post-industrialized societies, their characteristics, and effects. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Postmodern Society: Definition & Concept

15. Postmodern Society: Definition & Concept

This lesson describes postmodern society, as well as postmodernism in general. Some elements of modernism are discussed as well, as a frame of reference against which postmodernism is constructed.

Rationalization of Society: Definition & Examples

16. Rationalization of Society: Definition & Examples

Rationalization of society is a concept first explored by Max Weber. Learn more about the rationalization of society and see some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Structural Functionalism: Definition, Theory & Examples

17. Structural Functionalism: Definition, Theory & Examples

While largely discredited, structural functionalism was a powerful theory during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In this lesson, we'll examine just what it was as well as how it was flawed.

Types of Societies in Sociology

18. Types of Societies in Sociology

Did you know that there have been six types of societies throughout our history? Learn more about the different types of societies and the characteristics that are associated with each.

What Is Social Cohesion? - Definition & Theory

19. What Is Social Cohesion? - Definition & Theory

Why do some groups stick together through thick and thin, and other groups fall apart at the first hurdle? Whether a group stays together or not is called group cohesion. Find out more about cohesion below.

What Is Social Structure of Society? - Definition & Theory

20. What Is Social Structure of Society? - Definition & Theory

The way we create relationships with others is based on certain patterns we use daily. This lesson takes you through the definition and theory of social structure in society and offers a quiz to test your knowledge.

History of Fashion Photography

21. History of Fashion Photography

Taking pictures is a way of creating art. Creative people have known this since the beginning of fashion photography. You will learn about the exciting history of fashion photography by following a timeline of noteworthy events in this movement.

History of the Hippie Subculture

22. History of the Hippie Subculture

This lesson will chart the evolution of hippies as an American subculture. We will explore how the general public became aware of the concept of hippies and how that concept changed over the years.

History of Western Fashion

23. History of Western Fashion

The history of Western fashion is long but we'll sum it up in 1,000 words or less! Western fashion has evolved from the simple toga to complex fabrics and architectural influences. Two things have remained the same: imitation and recycling.

Understanding the Amish Subculture & Cultural Norms

24. Understanding the Amish Subculture & Cultural Norms

As an American religious subculture, the Amish are recognizably different from most other subcultures in America. Through this lesson, you will explore some areas of Amish society and gain insight into their origins and cultural significance.

The Persian Empire: Economy & Trade

25. The Persian Empire: Economy & Trade

In this lesson, you'll learn about the Persian Empire's natural resources and economy. At the same time, the Persian Empire was known for its extensive trade system, and you'll learn about how the trade affected the economy.

The Persian Empire: Religion & Social Structure

26. The Persian Empire: Religion & Social Structure

The Persian Empire was sophisticated and complex in many ways. In this lesson, we'll talk about two of the biggest influences on Persian lives, their religion and their social status.

The Persian Empire: Definition & Facts

27. The Persian Empire: Definition & Facts

The Persian Empire was the largest the world had seen to that point, and it left some important legacies. In this lesson, we'll talk about this mighty empire and see how it maintained its power.

The Persian Empire: Location, Geography & Maps

28. The Persian Empire: Location, Geography & Maps

In this lesson we explore the ancient Persian Empire. We discuss its rise, expansion, and eventual decline before it was wiped off the map by Alexander the Great.

The Persian Empire: Government & Army

29. The Persian Empire: Government & Army

For centuries, the Persians ruled one of the largest empires the world had ever seen, stretching from Turkey in the west to Afghanistan in the east. This lesson examines the government of the Persian Empire as well as its intimidating army which helped hold it together.

The Rise & Fall of the Persian Empire

30. The Rise & Fall of the Persian Empire

The Persian Empire was one of the greatest military states of the ancient world. In this lesson, we'll talk about its rise and fall, and see what became of this ancient empire.

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