Ch 68: Concepts in Anthropology

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Explore the fun video lessons and short quizzes in this self-paced chapter to build a quality understanding of various anthropology concepts. These study tools are accessible 24 hours a day, enabling you to prepare for and excel on an upcoming test with ease.

Concepts in Anthropology - Chapter Summary

If you're looking for a resource that can help you fully comprehend different concepts in anthropology, you've reached the right place! In this chapter are engaging video lessons developed to strengthen your knowledge of functionalism, structuralism, paleoanthropology, theories from Margaret Mead and much more. After completing this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Exhibit knowledge of the field of anthropology
  • Define structural functionalism and discuss the works of Talcott Parsons
  • Share the meaning of cultural anthropology
  • Discuss cultural ecology in anthropology and the works of Julian Steward
  • Explain the meaning of ethnography
  • Provide the definition of linguistic anthropology
  • Describe archeological anthropology

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11 Lessons in Chapter 68: Concepts in Anthropology
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Understanding the Field of Anthropology

1. Understanding the Field of Anthropology

This lesson offers a brief overview of the field of anthropology and explains terms like 'Homo sapien' as well as the works of Charles Darwin and Franz Boas.

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist: Theories & Overview

2. Margaret Mead, Anthropologist: Theories & Overview

Study the life and work of the anthropologist Margaret Mead, and learn how her observations and theories have influenced the areas of anthropology, psychology, and women's rights.

Structuralism and the Works of Levi Strauss

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

What is Cultural Anthropology?

6. What is Cultural Anthropology?

This lesson will be a brief overview of cultural anthropology. It will highlight the concept of culture while also defining the main branches of archaeology, anthropological linguistics, and ethnology.

Cultural Ecology in Anthropology: The Works of Julian Steward

7. 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.

What Is Ethnography? - Studying Cultural Phenomena

8. What Is Ethnography? - Studying Cultural Phenomena

Researchers use various methods to answer questions. Some questions cannot be answered through quantitative measures; they are best addressed through qualitative research methods, such as ethnography. This lesson will discuss the defining qualities, methods, and uses of ethnography.

Understanding Linguistic Anthropology

9. Understanding Linguistic Anthropology

This lesson will seek to give an overview of linguistic anthropology. In doing so, it will highlight the specialty areas of historical, descriptive, and sociolinguistics, as well as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

Overview of Paleoanthropology

10. Overview of Paleoanthropology

In this lesson, you will explore the subfield of anthropology called paleoanthropology. You will discover the goals and techniques of this discipline, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Overview of Archaeological Anthropology

11. Overview of Archaeological Anthropology

This lesson will give an overview of archaeological anthropology. In doing so, it will explain the concept of prehistory, the specialty of historical archaeology, and the terms 'artifact' and 'excavate.'

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