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Faces of Culture

The nature, growth and history of culture: human social behavior as revealed by archaeological investigation and the study of contempory peoples; the range of human cultural and social behavior; a brief outline of culture history.

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Lessons 1 - 13

Lesson 1 - The Nature of Anthropology

emphasizes the fundamental similarities of all members of the human race and the wide range of adaptations toward the common goals of survival.

Lesson 2 - The Nature of Culture

studies the diversity of cultures which have evolved, flourished, and, in some instances, died in ages past and present.

Lesson 3 - How Cultures Are Studied

is an ethnographic study of the Yanomamo Indians of Venezuela which emphasizes the importance of appreciating the value of other cultures.

Lesson 4 - Language and Communication

vividly shows how language, the primary means of human communication, is expressed in the sounds and movements of every culture to express feelings and aspirations.

Lesson 5 - Psychological Anthropology

focuses on enculturation, the process by which culture is passed from one generation to the next. Cross-cultural examples of child-rearing, socialization, mental illness, and healing are studied.

Lesson 6 - Alejandro Mamani: A Case Study in Psychological Anthropology

focuses on an ethnographic study of mental illness and the approaching death of an elderly Aymara Indian.

Lesson 7 - Patterns of Subsistence: Food Foragers and Pastoralists

studies the earlier form of subsistence, from hunting-gathering to the production of food, and how people adapted to their environment patterns.

Lesson 8 - Patterns of Subsistence: The Food Producers

examines the emergence of new societies which were based on the cultivation of plants as a method of food production as the concept of land ownership was spawned.

Lesson 9 - Economic Anthropology

examines both Western and non-Western economic practices and points out the importance of understanding the total integration between economic practices and the values and practices of the larger culture.

Lesson 10 - The Highland Maya: A Case Study in Economic Anthropology

explores the complex interweaving of economics and religion known as the "cargo" system, which is found among the Highland Maya of Mexico and Guatemala.

Lesson 11 - Sex and Marriage

examines the unique marital customs of different societies around the world.

Lesson 12 - Family and Household

looks at the concepts of family and household from a cross-cultural perspective and examines the basic functions performed by these units.

Lesson 13 - The Yucatec Maya: A Case Study in Marriage and the Family

examines a traditional extended family group as its members, consisting of many generations, companionably share the daily chores and teach the youngsters in a never-ending cycle.

Lessons 14 - 26

Lesson 14 - Kinship and Descent, Part I

studies inheritance patterns, children's names, married names, important family names in business and government, and other ways that kinship and descent are incorporated in culture.

Lesson 15 - Kinship and Descent, Part II

defines kindred and looks at its role in hunting-gathering cultures.

Lesson 16 - Age, Common Interest, and Stratification

studies examples of age-grading, common interests, and stratification and their role in hunting-gathering cultures.

Lesson 17 - The Aymara: A Case Study in Social Stratification

examines the inequities of a sharp class division between the Spanish-speaking Mestizos and the subordinate Aymara Indians.

Lesson 18 - Political Organization

profiles the four major forms of political organizations: bands, tribes, chiefdoms, and states.

Lesson 19 - Social Control

examines diverse systems designed to maintain order within a society and explores the possibilities of establishing peace and order among the societies of the world.

Lesson 20 - Religion and Magic

studies the ritual of Eka Dasa Rudra, a rare Balinese ceremony which links the three worlds of gods, people, and demons.

Lesson 21 - The Asmat of New Guinea: A Case Study in Religion and Magic

studies the Asmat, a cannibalistic society of western New Guinea, and their use of religion and magic as tools of survival.

Lesson 22 - The Arts

presents the many kinds of art and the variety of functions it serves.

Lesson 23 - New Orleans Black Indians: A Case Study in the Arts

explores the blend of American Indians and blacks which comprise the Black Indian tribes of New Orleans as they carry out a century-old tradition of participation in the pre-Lenten Mardi Gras revelry.

Lesson 24 - Culture Change

studies the theory that cultures change in creative and productive ways in response to both internal and external forces.

Lesson 25 - Cricket the Trobriand Way: A Case Study in Culture Change

studies how different cultures successfully retain their own traditional practices while borrowing from others.

Lesson 26 - The Future of Humanity

provides expert speculations about the positive directions of future changes, such as space exploration, expansion of human intelligence, and biomedical advances that could lengthen the human life span.