Anthropology And Anthropology

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Ever since Medieval scholars began studying different civilizations centuries ago, culture has been considered an elusive and controversial concept—while some believe that culture is carried with us, like an invisible charm, others believe that it exists in the air around us, living in the things we say and the foods we eat and the traditions we pass down to our children. Some even believe that it doesn’t exist at all, or that it has all melted together into one incomprehensible mass of beliefs and values shared among all of us. Anthropology exists to study and explain how and why culture exists. Additionally, it helps to explain how humankind has created cultures which are so diverse and rich in tradition, and yet still somehow are strikingly …show more content…
Learning about how humans evolved helps us to understand how our bodies work, and how they were meant to function. Studying the communication of the human race helps to bridge cultural and linguistic gaps, both between different cultures and between modern civilizations and those that came before us. Finding the personal belongings of people who lived thousands of years ago can tell us how they lived, what they valued most, and even, in some cases, how and why they died. Studying how modern culture affects us today, as a civilization made up of all sorts of different cultures, helps us to solve problems in our society and to make the world better for the people who will inherit the earth after …show more content…
If we as a society don’t study other civilizations, past and present, we will not only remain ignorant of people who live differently than we do, but also, without studying those who came before us, we won’t even be able to fully understand ourselves. Without anthropologists, there would be no such thing as cultural relavitism, or the ability to understand and relate to other cultures without judging them from a place of ignorance. Even now many believe that anthropology is inherently racist, because in the past anthropologists have made wild assumptions about different cultures to exotify and sensationalize them. That is known as armchair anthropology, and it is the exact opposite of what modern anthropologists aim to accomplish. Antropology as a whole relies heavily on many forms of writing. Since humankind’s earliest days, people have passed down their traditions and beliefs through words—stories, poems and lyrics, and factual documentation are all ways people have preserved their cultural values. Not only do anthropologists study the writings of those before us, but they also record their own findings through essays and articles that people will study in their anthropological studies hundreds of years from now, when a new age has dawned, and new cultures are flourishing where we once

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