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“Representations” is a publication designed to bring the perspectives of historically marginalized groups to the forefront of the anthropology classroom.

In February, we honored Black History Month by highlighting the vital contributions of Black anthropologists. In March, we are celebrating Women’s History Month by focusing on the anthropological contributions of female anthropologists who are Black, Indigenous and/or people of color.

We are seeking contributions from current and former anthropology students (students from all four fields are encouraged to contribute). These articles must:

  • Highlight the anthropological research from Black anthropologists, Indigenous anthropologists, and anthropologists of color (with a specific focus on…

Welcome to the publication, “Representations.” This is a project designed to bring the perspectives of a wider variety of groups to the forefront of the anthropology classroom. To celebrate Black History Month, we are covering the accomplishments of 28 Black anthropologists across 28 days. Learn more about our project; read on for the amazing accomplishments of St. Clair Drake.

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St. Clair Drake interrogated and transformed the ways that anthropologists establish “knowledge” throughout his esteemed career in anthropology. Drake left his mark on political and social activism in both the United States and West Africa while encouraging other social scientists to…


Welcome to the publication, “Representations.” This is a project designed to bring the perspectives of a wider variety of groups to the forefront of the anthropology classroom. To celebrate Black History Month, we are covering the accomplishments of 28 Black anthropologists across 28 days. Learn more about our project; read on for the amazing accomplishments of Irma McClaurin.

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Irma McClaurin is a “born-again” activist anthropologist. She began her training in 1987 as a bio-cultural anthropologist at age 37 and without ever taking a single class in anthropology. At the time she had completed an MFA in English (1976) and published…


Welcome to the publication, “Representations.” This is a project designed to bring the perspectives of a wider variety of groups to the forefront of the anthropology classroom. To celebrate Black History Month, we are covering the accomplishments of 28 Black anthropologists across 28 days. Learn more about our project; read on for the amazing accomplishments of Zeresenay Alemseged.

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Paleoanthropologist, Zeresenay Alemseged, is best known for his discovery of “Selam” the world’s oldest and most complete skeleton of a human ancestor. This fossil is about 3.3 million years old and is an Australopithecus afarensis skeleton. Australopithecus afarensis is an early human…


Welcome to the publication, “Representations.” This is a project designed to bring the perspectives of a wider variety of groups to the forefront of the anthropology classroom. To celebrate Black History Month, we are covering the accomplishments of 28 Black anthropologists across 28 days. Learn more about our project; read on for the amazing accomplishments of Delmos Jones.

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Anthropologists consider two perspectives in research and publications: The emic perspective (the perspective of the insider of a cultural group) and the etic perspective (the perspective of the outsider of a cultural group).

Anthropologist Delmos Jones researched both perspectives throughout his career…


Welcome to the publication, “Representations.” This is a project designed to bring the perspectives of a wider variety of groups to the forefront of the anthropology classroom. To celebrate Black History Month, we are covering the accomplishments of 28 Black anthropologists across 28 days. Learn more about our project; read on for the amazing accomplishments of John Wesley Gilbert.

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John Wesley Gilbert was a trailblazer in a myriad of ways and his contributions to anthropology are immeasurable. Perhaps the pinnacle of his career was his participation in the discovery and first-ever mapping of the ancient Greek city, Eretria. …


Welcome to the publication, “Representations.” This is a project designed to bring the perspectives of a wider variety of groups to the forefront of the anthropology classroom. To celebrate Black History Month, we are covering the accomplishments of 28 Black anthropologists across 28 days. Learn more about our project; read on for the amazing accomplishments of Michel-Rolph Trouillot.

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Michel-Rolph Trouillot was a Haitian anthropologist who began his life as a student activist, history scholar, and writer in Port-au-Prince. He fled his home country to escape a repressive dictatorial regime that viewed academics as a threat to power. …


How have the world’s religions influenced each other?

An image of a buddha statue surrounded by lights, a person lights a candle.
An image of a buddha statue surrounded by lights, a person lights a candle.
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As an alternative to reading, you can listen to this chapter on Soundcloud.

10.1 Cross-Cultural Examination of Religion

A tool that anthropologists use to closely examine cultural adaptations, cultural evolution, and the migration of culture, is the cross-cultural approach. The cross-cultural approach compares more than one cultural belief, tradition, or practice in order to identify differences and similarities that exist across groups. As we have seen in this course, anthropologists place no more importance on the major religions of the world today than we do on the ones practiced by small or isolated or even ancient groups…


What happens when multiple cultural forces are at play?

A city with colorful buildings.
A city with colorful buildings.
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As an alternative to reading, you can listen to this chapter on Soundcloud.

9.1 Studying Haitian Voodoo

So far in this course, you’ve:

  • Critiqued the legacies of colonialism
  • Applied the principles of cultural relativism
  • Compared and contrasted theoretical approaches toward the study of religion
  • Analyzed the limitations of science to explain meaning in religious life
  • Examined the meaning behind religious rituals
  • Examined the meaning being cultural myths

In this chapter, you’ll be presented with an opportunity to engage with all of these concepts as we closely examine religion and syncretism. Anthropologists use the word “syncretism”…

Amanda Zunner-Keating

Cultural Anthropologist in Los Angeles

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