Cultural Anthropology Case Studies

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Cultural Anthropology consists of the development of culture, and society within humans themselves. Anthropologists study cultures to have a better understanding of how other social institutions work, by conducting numerous field work to participate in cultural events of the given culture being studied. The field work that I myself have chosen to conduct and discuss is located in Downtown Sacramento, on K and 20th street. I chose an establishment named LowBraw; lounge by day, bar by night. The social issues that were represented in this study were viewing the differences and similarities between how heterosexual and same sex couples act in society, and how society then chooses to act around them. The battle for equality for same sex couples …show more content…
During the first observation on Friday, LowBraw was swarming with people. On this particular evening, the ages of the individuals attending ranged from early twenties to late thirties. People seemed to interact and stay within their own tight knit groups, never breaking their own groups to socialize with the other people around them. The interactions observed were ranging from laughter, touching and lots of the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The scene was rather chaotic with loud talking and people standing while others would sit. Groups were separated by tables, and even when in packed areas no one would seem to break out to communicate with other unfamiliar groups. One particular group seemed to include a couple based off of their appearance together and public displays of affection. The constant hand holding, sitting alone together on a bench, kissing and laughter made it rather apparent that this man and women were together. This heterosexual couple found it quite normal and comfortable to display their affection around friends and strangers alike. Throughout history heterosexuality has been venerated as being the one true way to love another person, always between a man and a woman. Heterosexual couples have …show more content…
Same sex couples have fought and continue to fight for equal rights. During my field observation on Sunday at LowBrow the atmosphere was more relaxed with a lot less people. It consisted of people ranging from their late twenties to their early forties. People tended to be more spread out at tables, enjoying their conversations while sitting down and eating and drinking. The conversations seemed to be more civil with no need for shouting over people or bumping into anyone. One particular same sex couple where dining together that night. The men were facing one another with the table between them, enjoying a meal together with some drinks. Their romantic relationship became quite clear when they held one hand together on top of the table. The occasional smile and kiss was shared between the two every now and then. This couple did not display the same tendencies in which the heterosexual couple did the other night. They kept their affection more private from the world almost as if it was a secret. Homosexuality has recently become more widely accepted, but it has a lot of room to grow still. Same sex couples face discrimination on an everyday basis and still do not have the same rights as heterosexuals do, such as: discrimination in the work force and being harassed on the streets if showing their sexual identities. In recent years’ efforts have been increased

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