Important Ideas in Anthropology

What does anthropology have to teach us? In an attempt to raise awareness on the importance of anthropology and anthropological thinking, I have compiled a handfull of videos in hopes that, combined, they will help answer this fundimental question. If all goes according to plan, this page will be updated regularly as to be utalized as a resourse for students, teachers, parents, the curious, and which can be used to help better understand ourselves, the discipline, and the world around us.

Wade Davis: Cultures at the far edge of the world 

An ethnobotanist by training, Wade Davis gives a short introduction into cultural diversity and why it is important.

Nina Jablonski: Breaking the illusion of skin color

Nina Jablonski talks on the evolutionary history of skin color and why our most prevalent notions of race are wrong.

Tim Ingold: A More Human Discourse of Climate Change

Tim Ingold calls for shortening the divide between popular discourse of climate change and the way the environment is experienced.

Ian Hodder: “Origins of Settled Life; Gobekli and Catalhoyuk”

Ian Hodder discusses what the archaeological sites of Catahoyuk and Gorbeki have to teach us about early human settlements.

David Graeber: “DEBT: The First 5,000 Years”

In a Foucaltian history, David Graeber disects the idea of debt, it’s history, where it came from, and how it’s such a powerful notion, due in part to being historically linked to morality, sociality, and the fact that we take it for granted.

Embodiment: [as part of] 25 Concepts in Anthropology

Through the idea of embodiment we learn that culture doesn’t just live in our values, actions, and minds, but in our bodies as well.

Childbirth as a Cultural Ritual

https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/ANTH+110+-+Module+10,+Medical+Anthropology/0_kjvmp0s4

A good lecture which looks at childbirth as a ritual that differs between cultures and how, in our own, the ritual of childbirth has become a medical process rooted in power relations.

Aging and Dying in America

A discussion on where to draw “the line” in terms of how much we want to medicalize aging and end of life rituals and processes as death and aging become increasingly clinical.

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