Benefits Of Cultural Anthropology

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Cultural anthropology is a branch of anthropology focused on the study of cultural variation among humans. Cultural anthropology also includes the comparative study of human societies and cultures and their development. As a student in Rochester New York and more specify at St. John Fisher I perceive cultural anthropology to be beneficial to me because it allows me to gain a greater understanding of people that are different from me. Although St. John Fisher is not as diverse as other colleges there still is some diversity here. After learning about cultural anthropology I became even more excepting and understanding of other cultures. One of the biggest takeaways from learning about culture is it allows the person studying it to not judge …show more content…
When connecting culture with learned and shared behavior there are a few examples that directly apply to this topic of study. Also I believe that cultural relativism plays a negative role in this situation. In Swaziland Africa their culture defines who they are. However when looking more specifically into the topic I will discuss for my presentation, health and disease, their culture gains a very negative perspective because the learned and shared behavior. In an article from Index Mundi a list of diseases were shown. This includes diseases that are shared from person to person but also ones that come from the land and water around the area that this culture is located near. This includes bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever all gained by uncontrolled factors that really have a negative impact the people of this country. The people of this culture have learned that they have a high chance of becoming sick but they cannot do much to prevent it. This proves that that even if their knowledge about disease and harmful things around them is high they’re learned and shared behavior does not change. Cultural relativism plays a negative role to the people of Swaziland because countries like the United States do not always see countries that are struggling and act as if they need help. Many times a country like United states sees others as the same as them. The media is at …show more content…
Although I have already added some statistics about death and disease I want to add in information about the health care system. This quote is taken from an article on the website BestCountry.com. ”Swaziland 's healthcare system consists of public and private healthcare facilities, as well as traditional based medicine offered by community healers and physicians. Public healthcare facilities are spread out throughout Swaziland; around 80% of the population is located within 8 km from a healthcare facility and 63% are able to access a facility within one hour.” (Patel p.3-4). After reading this it gives the you idea that the health care system is not that bad and it actually sounds decent for this poor country. However, the care the hospital provides is very little to the poor an their recourses are extremely limited. In our presentation we will bring to light the cultural anthropology/culture/cultural expression directly related to this topic. As we can see in this paper I have provided information that expresses the culture in Swaziland, as well as cultural expressions. First we looked at the health issues through the high death rates because of HIV/AIDS then we examined the cultural expressions passed down from generation to generation.

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