Cultural Anthropology

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Anthropology 1A03 Exam Review

Week 7 Monday October 18-Thursday October 21
“Expressive Culture” (Miller Text Chapter 11)

Expressive Culture October 18:

Expressive Culture is: Behaviour and beliefs related to art, leisure, and play.
- linked to other cultural domains such as:
Exchange: pot latching art and dance, Bodily modification. Decorations, tattoos
Religion: clothing, practices, etc.

What is Art? Art is application of imagination, skill and style to matters movement, and sound that goes beyond the purely practical. * High art= in a museum * Low art= graffiti
Who decides: What is Art? Emic/etic confusions regarding art * Emic: insider (member) view or members of culture * Etic: outsider (observer)
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Wrote the Midterm

Communication: October 27

Linguistic and Cultural Anthropology: * Material from both fields of anthropology about human communication * Connections to biological anthropology, ex. Nonhuman primate communication and archaeology regarding communication in past cultures
The Varieties of Human Communication: * Language and verbal communication * Non verbal communication/language and embodied communication * Communicating with media and technology
Basic Concepts:

Communication: conveying meaningful messages from one person or animal to another.
Language: based on a systematic set of learned and shared symbols and signs.

Two distinctive features of Human Language: 1. Productivity= the ability to create an infinite range of understandable messages. 2. Displacement= the ability to refer to event in the past and future (displaced domains)
What do the Pirahas have to teach us: language as a tool, happiness is way of life
- seem very happy, Daniel Everett- Endangered languages video
- the ways in which the case of the piraha can teach us about language elsewhere, they don`t use numbers culturally. Little evidence of productivity and displacement in Piraha language
- their language is adequate for their culture. Language
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