Questions tagged [anthropology]

For macroscale questions about the study of humanity through anthropological methods such as ethnography and comparative linguistics.

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Acquisition of reading ability among children of “primitive” (e.g. Yanomami) parents who now live in modern societies

Have the children of parents from "primitive" cultures (e.g. the Yanomami) who have moved to modern societies (perhaps as adoptees) tended to have any difficulties learning to read? I'd especially be ...
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Before taming fire, what did early humans do in dark? [closed]

Obviously, they can't go to sleep immediately after sunset right?
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Is there a high-quality, academic reference material analyzing the culture of specific peoples?

If I wanted to get a very detailed, nitty-gritty analysis of a culture, say, Turkish, or Swedish, with a discussion of how people in this culture think and act, is there a reference material ...
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Why are we the smartest species on the whole known universe?

Why? One possible reason would be because intelligent give humans, and only humans, evolutionary edge compared to their peers. Gorilla, for example, are strong because strength give Gorilla ...
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What are the neurological similarities between humans and primates?

I don't know exactly what primate specie is considered to be out ancestor. But the next question regards them. Assuming that in the beginning *we considered true the remnants of many trial & ...
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Why is cultural understanding often wrong?

One common set of beliefs that I time and time again find wrong are the 'cultural norms' that are taught to people as if to make them more educated about differences in behaviors across cultures. In ...
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Who first filmed and researched unconscious synchronized movement?

I think it was in my high school sociology class, around 1980, that I learned of an anthropologist who spent three months analysing a 90 second film of a mother, father and child in a kitchen, ...
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Is an avoidance of incest/inbreeding learned or instinctive?

Is the natural avoidance of incest something that is learned or is the human brain programmed by instinct to have a negative response to incest? This of course would have an evolutionary advantage and ...
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Cultural psychology: Japanese culture and meaning systems [closed]

I'm writing a paper for my cultural psychology course. The paper is about Japanese child care, focused on the moral and cognitive development of Japanese children from their own traditional/cultural ...
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Do unschooled persons think differently from us (schooled persons)? How?

Through past experiences, I am convinced that "unschooled communities" such as tribals, nomads, cattle-herders, etc. (and persons belonging to such communities) have very different ways of thinking ...
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What's the difference between metaphor and conceptual blending? [closed]

A "metaphor" seems to be just the discourse-level result of a conceptual blend. If you're more of a Lakoff-guy, I could see you claiming "metaphor", especially a "conceptual metaphor" to be the same ...
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Publicly available social networks in apes and hunter-gatherer societies

Social network analysis is an indiscpensable tool for sociology, and is becoming increasing popular in anthropology, social-psychology and other fields. There are many papers that examine the ...
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Was the anthropological “Negroid, Mongoloid, Caucasoid” distinction inspired by the Bible story of Noah's sons? [closed]

I'm sorry if this is off-topic, but I think the users of this SE site would be best equipped to answer it. It's a question about the historical development of an anthropological idea. If you are ...
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Food sharing and mutual aid among the homeless

Since the time of Peter Kropotkin, it's been observed and theorized that cooperation and mutual aid are more common in austere environments. A classic biological example would be slime mold spore-...