Anthropological Theory: Cognitive theories(Tyler and conklin)

Cognitive anthropology addresses the ways in which people conceive of and think about events and objects in the world. It provides a link between human thought processes and the physical and ideational aspects of culture. This subfield of anthropology is rooted in Boasian cultural relativism, influenced by anthropological linguistics, and closely aligned with psychological investigations […]

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Anthropological theory: Classical evolutionism(Tyler, Morgan and Frazer)

In the early years of anthropology, the prevailing view of anthropologists and other scholars was that culture generally develops (or evolves) in a uniform and progressive manner. The Evolutionists, building from Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection, sought to track the development of culture through time. Just as species were thought to evolve into […]

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Research Methods in Anthropology

a)Fieldwork tradition in anthropology b)Distinction between technique, method and methodology c)Tools of data collection: observation, interview, schedules,questionnaire,case study,genealogy,life history,oral history, secondary sources of information,participatory methods. d)Analysis,interpretation and presentation of data. Fieldwork tradition in anthropology: What is fieldwork? The term β€˜fieldwork’ is used to describe research in all areas of anthropology from social and cultural anthropology […]

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Biological and socio-ecological factors influencing Fecundity, Fertility, Natality and Mortality

Natality: Natality is the birth rate, which is the ratio of total live births to total population in a particular area over a specified period of time;expressed as childbirths per 1000 people per year. Fertility: Fertility is generally used to indicate the actual reproductive performance of a women of groups of women. Factors determining fertility. […]

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Relevance of menarche, menopause and other bio-events to fertility

Relevance of menarche, menopause and other bio-events to fertility. fertility patterns and differentials. Fecundity and Fertility. Fecundity refers to the capacity of man, a women or a couple to participate in reproduction- i.e. the capacity to produce a live child. Fertility on the other hand refers to the actual reproductive performance-whether applied to an individual […]

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Human Growth and Development

Concept of Human growth and development:stages of growth- Pre-natal, natal, infant, childhood, adolescence, maturity, senescence. Factors affecting growth and development genetic,environmental,biochemical,nutritional,cultural, and socio-economic. Ageing and senescence. theories and observations-biological and chronological longevity. Human physique and somatotypes. Methodologies for growth studies. Concept of human growth and development: Laws of growth: A.Orderliness:Growth follows a sigma shaped curve. […]

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Epidemiological anthropology

Epidemiological anthropology:Health and disease. Infectious and non infectious diseases. Nutritional deficiency related diseases. Health and Disease: health could be defined theoretically in terms of certain measured values; for example, a person having normal body temperature pulse and breathing rate,blood pressure height weight acuity of vision,sensitivity of hearing and other normal measurable characteristic might be termed […]

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Concepts and methods of ecological anthropology

Concepts and methods of ecological anthropology. Bio-cultural adaptations-Genetic and non Genetic factors. Mans physiological responses to environmental stresses: hot desert, cold, high altitude climate. Concept of ecological Anthropology: It integrates the fact regarding human physiology,geography,genetics,society and culture in order to throw invaluable light on the way in which human species try to maintain equilibrium with […]

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ABO blood group

Age sex and population variation as genetic marker-ABO, Rh blood groups, HLA Hp ,Transferring, Gm, Blood enzymes. physiological characteristics-Hb level, body fat, pulse rate, respiratory functions and sensory perceptions in different cultural and socio economic groups. When a sample of blood taken and kept in a tube for a considerable time, the red cells settle […]

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