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Blog: A Beginner's Guide to Anthropology

Welcome to the Anthropology 4U blog, “A Beginner’s Guide to Anthropology!” In these posts, I write about the four fields of Anthropology for a general audience. And, I try to make the content easy to understand. So if you don’t know anything about Anthropology and you want to learn, keep reading! You can view the posts by category using the options below, and you can also view posts by tag. I hope you enjoy reading my posts and they teach you a lot about Anthropology. If you have comments or suggestions for future posts, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you! Hope you have a great day!

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Medical Anthropology

What are Culture-Bound Syndromes?

In the last post, I talked a little about cultural psychiatry, and how the definition of normal behavior and abnormal behavior differs around the world. Because of this, medical anthropologists wonder if our Western definitions of mental illnesses are not

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Linguistic Anthropology

How are Culture and Language Interrelated?

In a previous post, I talked about the structure of language. Now, I’d like to talk about the interrelationships between culture and language. Culture influences language. And, language influences culture. Let’s start by looking at how culture influences language. How

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Cultural Anthropology

Characteristics of Culture

In a previous post, I talked about culture. I’d like to expand on that post here, and go into more detail on the characteristics of culture. There are many definitions of culture, but the most famous one is from E.

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Cultural Anthropology

Is Everyone in a Culture the Same?

In a previous post, I explained that culture is how people think and behave. But, does every person in a certain culture act the exact same way? Well, consider yourself. You are part of at least one culture. Do you

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Cultural Anthropology

What is Cultural Knowledge?

So, in a previous blog post you learned about culture, and how culture is learned, symbolic, shared, integrated, and adaptive. Now, I’d like to introduce another concept related to culture, called cultural knowledge. Cultural knowledge includes the mental parts of culture,

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Cultural Anthropology

What is Culture?

So, you learned in a previous blog post that Cultural Anthropologists study culture. But what exactly is culture, anyway? There is a famous definition of culture from an Anthropologist named E. B. Tylor. This is the definition of culture usually found in

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Cultural Anthropology

Understanding Other Cultures: Part 2

So, in the last blog post, you learned how looking at the whole situation is helpful when studying other cultures. (If you missed that post, just click here to read it.)  Here’s how Anthropologists understand other cultures: 1. Holistic perspective (Anthropologists look at

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Cultural Anthropology

Understanding Other Cultures: Part 1

Other cultures think about things differently and live their lives differently. Sometimes, the way other cultures do things might seem strange to you. It’s important to remember that there is more than one way of doing things. For example, say

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Want to Learn More About Anthropology?

Do you like this blog? Do you want to learn even more about Anthropology? Check out the Resources section of this website! On the Anthropology Links page, you can view a list of links to websites that are related to Anthropology. On the Recommended Reading page, you can see some of the introductory Anthropology books that I recommend reading. On the Anthropology Articles page, you can read some interesting online articles about topics in Anthropology. And, on the Anthropology 4U videos page, you can view my YouTube videos, all without having to leave this website! Finally, on the SlideShare Presentations page, you can view my SlideShare presentations, also without leaving my website. Don’t know what SlideShare is? Check it out here.