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Anthropological Perspectives
on Contemporary Human Problems


CHAPTER 1. John H. Bodley. Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems, Sixth Edition. (Lanham, MD: Altamira Press, 2012)

 John H. Bodley, Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems, Sixth Edition

Table of Contents
Ch. 1. Anthropological Perspectives on Contemporary Human Problems
Nature and Scope of the Problems

World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity, 1992

UN Millennium Goals

Crisis Awareness and Response

Significance of Culture Scale

Uniqueness of Tribal Societies and Cultures

“Original Affluent Society”

Elite-Directed Growth: The Human Problem

Distribution of Wealth and Power

The World’s Elite-Directors: View from the Top

Elite-Direction and the Global Media: Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation

Too Big and Failing: Elite-Direction and the Global Financial Crisis

Robin Fox, The Tribal Imgination.

Main Terms / Concepts

 Main Terms, Concepts, Ideas and People

  History of Cultural Anthropology: The Development of Ethnological Theory
[chart and outline]

 Anthropology and Its Parts


  • beliefs / values / attitudes

    • beliefs

      • "postulates"

      • E . Adamson Hoebel -- Wikipedia

        1. existential postulates

          • relate to the question of how things exist

          • "conceptions of reality"

          • "propositions about how the universe works"

          • "When describing our own beliefs . . . we may consider them 'facts' or 'knowledge.'"
            (Bryant, DeWalt, )Courtney and Schwartz 2003)

        1. normative postulates

          • relate to how things ought to be

          • people's conception of what should occur in a given situation

          • "norms"

            • "rules, principles, or standards for behavior"

    • values

      • "conceptions of what is desirable and undersirable, good and bad"

      • + / -

    • attitudes

      • individual's likes or dislikes

        • including ambivalent

          • a person can simultaneously have positive and negative views or feelings

          • or no particular views or feelings

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

(NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013)

 Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman



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