Ch 39: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Cultural Anthropology

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You can use this chapter to prepare for questions on cultural anthropology that you might encounter on the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content exam. Watch the video lessons and then use the practice quizzes to prepare for what you'll find on the exam itself.

MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Cultural Anthropology - Chapter Summary

Use the video lessons contained in this chapter to bolster your understanding of cultural anthropology. All of the information you will learn will be needed if you are going to take the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) Social Science Multi-Content exam. Included in the lessons are relevant topics such as:

  • How cultures change
  • Cultural relativism and ethnocentrism
  • Subsets of culture
  • Cultural analysis
  • The definition of cultural anthropology
  • Notable anthropologists
  • Applied anthropology

Both the video lessons and practice quizzes will prepare you for the kinds of questions you'll likely be given on the MEGA exam. The chapter as a whole will prove to be an essential tool when studying for the exam. Measure your understanding using lesson quizzes and feel free to contact an expert instructor with any questions you might have.

10 Lessons in Chapter 39: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Cultural Anthropology
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Mechanisms of Cultural Change: Invention, Diffusion & Innovation

1. Mechanisms of Cultural Change: Invention, Diffusion & Innovation

This lesson will seek to explain the concept of cultural change. In doing so, it will highlight the change mechanisms of invention and innovation. It will also explain the different types of diffusion.

Cultural Relativity, Ethnocentrism & the Rights of Humans

2. Cultural Relativity, Ethnocentrism & the Rights of Humans

This lesson will seek to explain the concepts of ethnocentrism and cultural relativity. In doing so, it will also highlight the role human rights plays in the actual working out of these two concepts amid cultures.

Elements of Culture: Explanation of the Major Elements That Define Culture

3. Elements of Culture: Explanation of the Major Elements That Define Culture

Culture combines many elements to create a unique way of living for different people. In this lesson, we identify four of the elements that exist in every culture, albeit in different forms: symbols, language, values, and norms. We also differentiate between folkways and mores.

Cultural Subsets: High Culture, Popular Culture, Subculture, Counterculture & Multiculturalism

4. Cultural Subsets: High Culture, Popular Culture, Subculture, Counterculture & Multiculturalism

In this lesson, we identify several categories of cultures that can exist within a large culture. We define and discuss subcultures, high culture versus popular culture, and countercultures. We also discuss the view of multiculturalism in the U.S.

Cultural Analysis: Theoretical Approaches

5. Cultural Analysis: Theoretical Approaches

In this lesson, we cover three theoretical approaches used by sociologists to analyze culture: structural-functional theory, social-conflict theory, and sociobiology. We define and discuss each theory, along with examples.

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.

Influential Anthropologists & Their Contributions

7. Influential Anthropologists & Their Contributions

Are all anthropologist alike? These six all-stars share some things in common, but also have their differences. Check them out to learn more about their particular contributions to the field of anthropology.

Cross-Cultural Marketing: Definition & Overview

8. Cross-Cultural Marketing: Definition & Overview

Cross-cultural marketing is the strategic process of marketing to consumers whose culture is different from that of the marketer's own culture. In this lesson, learn more about the definition of cross-cultural marketing and why it is important. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Understanding the Modernization of Culture: History and Factors

9. Understanding the Modernization of Culture: History and Factors

This lesson examines the process of modernization, including the variety of factors that have brought us from the past into the present. We'll focus on political, economic, social, and technological trends that have shaped our world today.

Applied Anthropology vs. Academic Anthropology

10. Applied Anthropology vs. Academic Anthropology

In this lesson, you'll learn the distinctions between anthropology in an academic setting compared with applied anthropology. You'll also find out why the field lends itself well to practical application.

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