Categories Anthropology I

I.8.(c) Tools of data collection:  genealogy

Definition It refers to the pedigree or a systematic narration or description of family tree showing all the ramifications of kinship linkages, kinship terms, various kinship usages, succession, etc. Genealogy (Greek – genealogia “the making of a pedigree”) is the study of families, family history, and the tracing of their lineages. It is considered as distinctive feature of […]

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I.8.(c) Tools of data collection:  schedules

Definition A schedule refers to a form of Questionnaire which is generally filled in by the researcher himself. It’s a face to face interaction in which the researcher sits with the informant, reads the questions one by one and records his response against specific questions. Structure and preparation the schedule contains questions and blank tables […]

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(b) Historical particularism (Boas);

Historical particularism is an approach to understanding the nature of culture and cultural changes of specific populations of people. An approach popularized by Franz Boas as an alternative to the worldwide theories of socio-cultural development as promoted by both evolutionists and extreme diffusionists, which he believed were simply improvable. The historical method of study based […]

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I.6.(b) Historicism

Historicism is an approach to the study of anthropology and culture. It encompasses two distinct forms of historicism: diffusionism and historical particularism. It is developed by diffusionists to offer alternative explanations for culture change as put forth by classical evolutionists. Historicism placed great importance on cautious and contextualized interpretation of data, as well as a […]

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