Holism in Anthropology: Definition & Examples


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An approach to anthropology that seeks to understand individual subjects as pieces of a larger system is known as what?

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1. Which of the following is a crucial element in holistic anthropological research?

2. Which sub-field of anthropology studies the material goods left by societies across space and time?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This printable and interactive quiz and worksheet can be used to refresh your understanding of the philosophical approach to studying and defining the whole being as opposed to defining it by its individual parts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and work sheet can test your grasp of the following:

  • The discipline dealing with how societies and cultures communicate with each other
  • The definition of holism
  • The surrounding element that research in holistic anthropology is vitally dependent on
  • The relative ranking of importance of factors that make up holistic research
  • The name of the study of material goods left behind by past societies

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will allow you to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related holism lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the holistic approach to study
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding holism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about holistic philosophy

Additional Learning

To learn more about holism and its approach to study, read through the short, accompanying lesson called Holism in Anthropology: Definition & Examples. The lesson concentrates on the following objectives:

  • List the four sub-fields of holism
  • Explain the value of context to the holistic approach to study
  • Comment on why some critics reject holism