Four Fields Of Anthropology

Anthropologists, are, as their name suggests, people who study the history of mankind. The field of anthropology is broken up into four main fields. First, there is biological anthropology, examines the evolution of humans, health and diseases, and what makes us distinctly humans (such as our DNA). Next, there is archaeology, which seeks to understand how early humans, such as hunter-gatherers, lived before us. Archaeology studies trade routes, war zones, and ancient remains of city states. Then we have linguistic anthropology, which is the study of how language helps us communicate within our culture. Finally, cultural anthropology works to comprehend why certain behaviors and beliefs exists in societies and what role they play in a certain culture.
Since the beginning of time, humans have broken themselves up into groups. Originally, these groups shared a common geographic origin, but humans have evolved to section themselves off into groups based on language, religion, and shared experiences. Today, we identify these groups as “cultures”. Every person on earth belongs to some type of culture, and some belong
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For example, eating an animal that is seem as domesticated in the West, such as a dog or cat, would seem terrifying to us, but is completely acceptable in other cultures. An anthropologist might explore how a culture’s familiarity of certain flavors reflect what they desire in their tastes.
Cultural anthropologists of today seek to discover the origins and meanings of customs, traditions, and values throughout the history of mankind. Essentially, “doing anthropology”, or cultural anthropology specifically, means figuring out why certain groups of human beings act and think the way that they do. In order to do this, cultural anthropologists study things such as a culture’s economic transactions, family structure, religious rituals, and the issues that lie within these

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