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9 pages on biologically determined behaviors and the nature vs. nurture controversy. Writer finds that many of our more common behaviors do indeed find their roots in biology. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Cultural Anthropology:

  • 7 page paper

This 7 page paper responds to a series of questions on the topic of cultural anthropology. More specifically, this paper addresses issues such as how biology remains important to the cultural anthropologist, what definitions of culture leave out, how globalization has impacted the history of people, and more. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page overview of the lives and circumstances of five members of a poor Mexican family in Mexico City in the 1960s. Plagued by poverty, the challenges of living in the corrupt and unpredictable environment of one of the world’s largest cities, and just the incredibly fragile relations which occur within a typical ...

Margaret Mead

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page overview of Margaret Mead. The paper includes a brief biography then focuses on the controversy about her work initiated by Freeman's book about her. Freeman made numerous allegations, all of which were intended to discount Mead's work in Samoa and conclusions about that culture. Some of the allegations are discussed with the ...

This 3 page paper includes a brief biography of the author and then the paper goes into an overview of the book. Some quotes are included. No additional sources cited.

A 10 page discussion of facial expression. Utilizes the research in the field to explore the question of whether or not certain facial expressions are universal in their meaning, e.g. that they have the same meaning regardless of the cultural context. Contrasts the view that facial expression are solely cultural manifestations and thus ...

A 6 page research paper in which the writer examines the phenomena of America's love for ice cream as well as some of the inner-working of companies such as Ben & Jerry's and the efforts that these mega-enterprises have made to ensure quality human resources and low turnover. Bibliography lists approximately 4 sources.

An in-depth, 20 page look at non-verbal environments and their impact upon us. The writer specifically examines how background & foregrounds, windowless environments, weather, odors, etc; can either positively or negatively impact productivity in the business world. Bibliography lists approximately 20 scholarly sources.

A 4 page book review of Gary Ferraro's text The Culture Dimension of International Business (2003). Ferraro first lays out the need to understand other cultures on a practical level, defining culture and showing how the interplay of anthropological theory and business is crucial to success in the global marketplace. He then takes a fourfold ...

A 12 page research paper that analyzes two books by anthropologist Sidney W. Mintz—Worker in the Cane and Sweetness and Power. The writer discusses the relationship between the two works and what they communicate to the public concerning the opinions of Mintz. No additional sources cited.

Chinese Family Systems

  • 7 page paper

A 7 page paper on Chinese families, comparing contemporary situations with traditional. The writer details Chinese wedding customs, gender power, patriarchy and the traditional family structure juxtaposed in modern life. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This 11 page paper explores the religion of Voodoo as well as it's depiction in the modern setting in movies and the writings of Zora Neale Hurston. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

An 8 page overview of each of these fascinating religions. The author discusses the importance of the environment as a factor in shaping the evolution of Native American Religions, then goes on to provide a brief overview of the beliefs and ideologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Bibliography lists 11 sources. ...

A 5 page research paper that describes an interview conducted by the writer/tutor with a member of the Moravian church. The paper focuses on the interview as an anthropological process, describing what was learned about the interviewee's religious beliefs and what it means to be a Moravian. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 6 page paper which presents and supports the contention that religious rituals have meaning only in the context of the culture in which they evolved. The observations of a young girl who has traveled to the U.S. from a third world country are presented as evidence of this contention. The young girl ...

A 7 page paper on how art and religion have been blended throughout known history and how this applies to cultural anthropology. The paper discusses how religion and art are means of expressing cultural beliefs, means of teaching societal norms, and means of progressing society. The writer argues that cultural variation/progression impacts the evolutionary scheme ...

A 4 page paper which examines the tribal religion of the Andamanese culture. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

10 pages in length. The study of animal sacrifice in other religions lends insight to the teachings of sacrifice in the Old Testament in that it often correlates with the concept set forth by biblical instruction. Animals have been looked upon as sacrificial for a number of religions that utilize their flesh and bodily fluids ...

This 35 page paper gives an in depth analysis of the ancient Mayan religions, deities, culture, and current practices. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Cultural Influences

  • 8 page paper

An 8 page paper which discusses the role of language, symbols, and religion in shaping cultural influences. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

The Chickasaw Indians

  • 15 page paper

A 15 page overview on the history and ways of the Chickasaw Indians. The writer describes the Chickasaw people in terms of culture, religion and also in relationship to the United States Government. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

This is a 5 page paper discussing the various ways in which African American slaves had to suffer from cultural dislocation. The African American slaves suffered a great deal from cultural dislocation from their native homeland in Africa for over two centuries. Cultural dislocation occurs not only from a physical separation from a landscape but ...

An 8 page paper discussing the ease with which the Hopi religion and oral tradition has persisted over the centuries. 'Wrong headedness' is a condition that the Hopi are not to have. They are to adhere to the admonishings and warnings of ages to come given by the ancient ones. Because the oral traditions ...

Modern Greek Culture

  • 10 page paper

A 10 page research paper on the culture of modern Greece. The writer explores the gender roles, ethnicity, language, and religion, and other important influences in modern Greek society. Specific examples of Greek ritual and tradition are provided. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

A 5 page research paper briefly exploring the American and Polish cultures. The emphases in the essay include: religion, family, children and teenagers. There are far more similarities between the two cultures than one would expect given their respective political backgrounds. Extensive bibliography is included.

A 15 page paper on the factors that make up self-concept in each country. The writer describes how the mythology, religion, social setting, child-rearing and concepts of success define who people are in each culture. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

This 4 page paper looks at this unique culture and explores its history, religion, marital customs and how the people get along in society. A great deal of facts and specific data are included. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 5 page discussion of the interconnectivity of many aspects of Balinese culture and lifeways. Provides numerous examples of this interconnectivity ranging from daily life ways to elaborate ritual. Explains that Balinese religion is one of the primary examples of this interconnectivity but even aspects such as a child’s play has deep cultural ...

A 5 page account of a fictional people who inhabit the rainforests. Describes subsistence patterns, economics, and religion as well as provides a "creation story" for these people. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 4 page research paper that looks at the culture of these three regions in the world. Two specific arenas are emphasized: the role of women and religion. Although distinct differences are present, there is a remarkable similarity between and among the three regions in both arenas. The writer suggests that part of the reason ...

A 5 page essay exploring specific sociological issues: social factors involved in learning; how social structure creates social order in a culture; how social structure and culture have changed over the last 50 years. Theories are offered in terms of learning as a social act. Social order is explained. Bibliography is included.

Ancient civilisations

  • 9 page paper

A nine page paper which considers various aspects of ancient civilisations, including the transition from the Neolithic to the early Bronze period, the differences between the Egyptian and Indus cultures, and the relevance of ancient Greek thought to the modern intellectual world.

An 8 page discussion of the societal considerations of cannibalism. Approaches cannibalism first from the ritualistic perspective of ancient cultures which in many case see the act as preserving the connection between living and dead and the passing of the attributes of the dead to the living. The author then approaches the topic of cannibalism from the perspective ...

This 10 page paper examines social problems of today in comparison with those of Ancient Rome's. An historical overview is first provided that concentrates on the rule of Julius Caesar. Facts about Ancient Rome are gleaned from a variety of sources, inclusive of the art work the ancient world is famous for. An intense examination ...

An 8 page paper which examines the link between extraterrestrials and the ancient civilizations of the Incas, the Mayans, and the Egyptians. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 5 page report discusses two works of ancient art from Sumeria/Mesopotamia and the Greek island of Crete, home of the Minoan culture. The actual artworks are considered as well as what they represent for the ancient cultures from which they were created. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Lives of the Pharaohs

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page discussion of the material culture and spiritual belief of the ancient Egyptians. An extensive discussion, based largely on Pierre Montet’s “Lives of the Pharaohs”, is included on the architecture of these peoples and of what we know about their spiritual beliefs. The author of this paper emphasizes that although the ...

A 6 page discussion of the need for caution when using ancient literary texts to interpret history. The author of this paper points out that the modern historian needs to consider such factors as authorship, language, structure and form, sources, and literary meaning in undertaking historical research. Even more important, however, is reviewing a ...

A 15 page discussion of the critical components of the ancient Egyptian's belief in an afterlife. Notes that much of our contemporary knowledge regarding ancient Egyptian culture is based on archaeological findings. Among the most interesting of these findings are those which relate to the elaborate worship rituals of the Egyptians, rituals which to ...

5 pages in length. For most of the prehistoric period, two distinct cultures emerged in ancient Egypt: Upper and Lower Egypt. When the student compares and contrasts social evolution in each of the two areas, he or she will find pertinence to primary environmental factors and how those factors might be considered both ...

A 7 page paper that compares three Italian humanists and their perspectives on human nature. This paper demonstrates the way in which the independent perspectives of these three authors, though all based in ancient philosophy, create different concepts of the origin of human nature. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This 6 page research paper provides an overview of the ancient Mayans of Mexico. Significant events in the civilizations history are noted. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 14 page review of the changes in cemetery design and burial practices from ancient times to the present. Concludes that numerous factors such as land use patterns, religion, and societal status influence these designs. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

This 10 page paper provides a fictitious interview with a 75 year old woman who grew up in New York during the twenties. Her personal history relates to historical events in the city including the Triangle Factory fire and the Great Depression. The paper spans close to a century as the writer reflects on the ...

Aztec Ruins National Monument is located in the Northwest portion of New Mexico, in the Four Corners area. It is the site of ancient Anasazi ruins that date back to 1000 to 1300 AD. This 5 page paper examines the history, location and meaning behind the ruins there. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

A 6 page overview of the Dine, the Navajo. Includes history and contemporary status with information on such aspects as their religious, political and cultural configurations and how each of these is in a state of change. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

An 8 page research paper on The Taino Indians-- a tribe that belonged to the Arawak culture of South America's tropical region. The writer describes the culture, philosophy, rituals & traditions of this group. A history of the Taino Indians under European conquest is presented and it is concluded that they were among the first ...

A 5 page paper examining the art and history of walking on stilts. The writer is particularly concerned with stiltwalking rituals and the value that they have held for various cultures. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The History of Saffron

  • 8 page paper

This 8 page paper relates the history of Crocus sativus and the valuable spice that is derived from it. This history spans back in time from today to ancient Persia. Pictures are included depicting the plant and the various forms of the spice. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This 13 page paper discusses the history of the Hetch Hetchy Valley with emphasis on its place in Native American history. The paper seeks to persuade readers that the O’Shaughnessy Dam should be dismantled and the valley returned to its original state. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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