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1.1653 Culture and Attitude.
To enter into another culture is to enter a world of beliefs and traditions which may be very different from those that shaped us. Our attitude to that culture--Have we come willingly? Are we happy to be here?--and that culture's attitude to us--Are we welcome?--will go a long way towards ensuring a successful adaptation to that culture. But what exactly do social psychologists mean when they refer to attitude? And how is it measured? These are the points that will be addressed in this paper. 7.5 pgs. 4 f/c. 7b.
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Filename: 1653 Culture Attitude.doc
2.1745 A Conceptual Analysis of "Caucasoid" and "Aggression" with respect to Michael Bradley's "Born of Beast".
All successful arguments necessitate an initial defining of one's terms, and the consistent employment of these concepts in the course of the argument. While this does not, in and of itself, ensure an argument's acceptance, it is essential to a reader's navigation of the landscape of an author's text. Michael Bradley's "Born of Beast" superficially fulfils these two prerequisites with regard to his use of the concepts: "caucasoid" and "aggression". However, this essay will argue that a closer reading of the text reveals not only flaws in reasoning, but an imprecision in employing these concepts that detract from the viability of his argument. It will be demonstrated that this imprecision is necessary to the maintenance of Bradley's thesis, but by its very nature also subverts the argument. 8 pgs. 10 f/c. 2b.
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Filename: 1745 Born of Beast.doc
3.2500 Defining The Cultural Landscape.
This paper discusses the defining of the cultural landscape and the different meanings and understanding it takes. 4 pgs. 4 f/c. 5b.
Bibliography: 5 source(s) listed
Filename: 2500 Defining Cultural Landscape.doc
4.2648 Michael Smith's Letting in the Jungle.
Michael Smith's article in question falls within the category of a critique of anthropocentrism. This paper will analyse the concept of 'egalitarianism' and on the general problems with 'ethical reasoning'. It will be argued that while his critical arguments are sound, there are problems with biocentrism and the reference to Spinoza. It will also be argued that he rejects this because this latter notion is fraught with traditional problems of metaphysics. 5 pgs. 10 f/c. 1b.
Bibliography: 1 source(s) listed
Filename: 2648 Michael Smith Jungle.doc
5.4042 The Potlatch and Kwakiutl Social Structure.
This is a paper detailing the cultural anthropology of Kwakiutl traditional feasts, called potlatches. They are huge, extravagant gift-giving ceremonies in which the host's object is to give away as much as he can, in order to appear wealthy and powerful. Potlatches, and the loan-repayment tradition in Kwakiutl society, are also an integral part of tribal social mobility. By giving enough potlatches, a man on the lower rungs of the tribal hierarchy can attain a position of power and influence. The paper also compares Kwakiutl traditions with European celebratory and gift-giving ceremonies. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Filename: 4042 Potlach Kwakiutl Structure.doc
6.4054 Human Remains and their Importance to Anthropology.
This paper addresses the importance of studying human remains, which are arguably the most important evidence that the anthropologist can consider. Inferring the living conditions of the subjects requires anthropologists to compare human remains found in the field with standards established by the enormous body of data from other studies of human remains. The anthropology of human remains reflects social dynamics in an informative fashion, both medical and cultural. The paper addresses evidence found in bones, teeth, and mummified soft tissues, and links it to current findings in medical and cultural anthropology. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
Bibliography: 9 source(s) listed
Filename: 4054 Human Remains Anthropology.doc
7.4196 Cultural Evolution.
This five-page undergraduate paper explains why anthropological archeologists are interested in cultural evolution, discusses the Spencerian and Darwinian models of cultural evolution, identifies the key characteristics of tribes, chiefdoms, and archaic states, and analyzes what kinds of material remains might archaeologists find most useful in their search for a better understanding of how prehistoric cultural evolution worked. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.