Essay Questions: Essay responses should be at least 3-4 paragraphs
long. Please include examples from the course texts, and the course modules in
does an anthropologist mean by “culture”? How is culture adaptive? How may culture be maladaptive? Why is it important to understand that
culture can be both adaptive and maladaptive? Is there a shared, unique
American culture? Within your response please distinguish between
multiculturalism and assimilation. Please provide examples to support your
how anthropologists view the opportunities, as well as challenges, associated
with globalization. How may globalization affect cultural diversity? Please
support your answer with examples from the course and course readings.
is the public-private distinction in terms of gender? In what kinds of
societies is it more pronounced? Less
pronounced (or even nonexistent)? Is the
subordination of women universal? Please use examples to support your response.
societies are becoming increasingly urban. What are (or will be) some of the
effects of increased urbanization? Where are these effects most pronounced? Using
the characteristics of anthropology, give a few examples of contributions that anthropologists
can make to urban planning?
and describe the different forms of marriage found in human societies. Please
choose one of the forms, and discuss how this form of marriage "makes sense"
(i.e., is adaptive) using specific examples from the course or course
respond to the following short answer questions. Responses should be at 1-2 paragraphs
1. Describe the concepts of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism.
Please give one example of each.
2.What does the still common practice of a wife assuming her
husband’s family name indicate about mainstream American kin practices
3. Discuss the major
similarities and differences between nuclear families, extended families, and
descent groups (e.g., lineages and clans).
4. Describe the ethnographic method. What are its advantages to
5. What kinds of work
would applied anthropologists pursue? Provide one example. What aspects of
anthropology make it uniquely valuable in application to social problems?