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Social Evolutionism

Social Evolutionism

Theory: Evolutionism as a wider concept was a commonly held 19th century belief based on Darwin’s theories on evolution and natural selection, which stated that organisms improve themselves through inherited change over time, and subseq ...

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

Anthropology can often be difficult to understand, there is no shortage of jargon and it can leave readers or listeners completely confused. Hopefully this glossary of anthropological terms will be an effective “jargon buster”, so next ...

How do beliefs about pollution and dirt relate to systems of classification?

How do beliefs about pollution and dirt relate to systems of classification?

Mary Douglas (2002, pp.2) argues that “dirt is essentially disorder”, meaning that it is matter that falls between the categories of a socially constructed system of classification. So in terms of definition it “exists in the eye of the ...

Anthropology Fieldwork: A Short Comment

Anthropology Fieldwork: A Short Comment

In conclusion, I personally believe that fieldwork is anthropology’s main component. Without fieldwork, there would be very limited understanding in regards to different cultures, as it is the act of ‘participant observation’ that allow ...