Cultural Anthropology

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Cultural Anthropology by Mind Map: Cultural Anthropology

1. Chapter 1

1.1. "Anthropologists believe that all humans share connections that are biological, cultural, economic, and ecological. Despite fanciful stories about the "discovery" of isolated, seemingly lost tribes of "stone age" people, anthropologists suggest that there are no truly isolated people in the world today and that there rarely, if ever, were any in the past." (Guest 11)

1.2. In this section, Guest states that despite the distance between certain nations and the difference between level of development, we have always been connected one way or another. This connection, according to Guest, is being intensified by technology and time-space compression.

2. Chapter 2

2.1. "Norms are ideas or rules about how people should behave in particular situations or toward certain other people--what is considered "normal" and appropriate behavior... Many norms are assumed, not written down. We learn them over time--consciously and unconsciously--and incorporate them into our patterns of daily living." (Guest 37)

2.2. In this section, Guest explains how all cultures have their unique norms and values and what they mean. In some cases, they can be much more intense or extreme. However, it is up to people to decide whether or not they accept their cultures' norms, despite the repercussions.

3. Chapter 5

3.1. "Evolution is not a controversial subject among scientists. Evolution is a a reality upon which biology, genetics, chemistry, epidemiology, and many other sciences are predicated. Evolution is, however, a controversial topic in U.S. culture." (Guest 162)

3.2. In this section, Guest states that despite the theory of evolution being an idea grounded in scientific reason, it is still hugely debated in the U.S. because of the cultural differences, primarily having to do with religion. Some people hold on to their cultural, creationist beliefs and some may disagree.