Research Papers on Anthropology

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  • Gender Roles and a Culture of Peace

    This paper explores the work of anthropologist Margaret Mead and sociologist Elise Boulding. Peace should be taught from infancy up. There are three sources listed in this five page paper.

  • Alternative Learning Perspectives

    In a paper consisting of ten pages alternative learning from a cultural perspective is explored as a relevant choice in a contemporary world of diversity. There are six bibliographic sources cited.

  • Venezuela's Indigenous Cultures

    In five pages this paper discusses the Pemon and Yamamao indigenous tribes that inhabit the rain forests of Venezuela in a consideration of marriage, cultural traditions, and how they are threatened with extinction by the destruction of the rain forests. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Venezuela and the Pemon and Yamamao Indigenous Tribes

    In seven pages the Venezuelan rain forest inhabitants the Pemon and Yamamao indigenous tribes are discussed in an examination of their marriage customs and cultural traditions along with recent efforts at civilizing these primitive groups. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Rain Forests and Fictional Newira People

    In five pages this fictional overview of a rain forest group includes the people's story of creation, religion, economics, and living patterns. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Amazonians and Sexual Behavior in Anxious Pleasures Sex Lives of an Amazonian People by Thomas Gregor

    In five pages this anthropological and sociological text is reviewed.

  • The Nature of Research, Sexuality, and Cultures

    An 8 page consideration of the factors influencing research in sexuality. This paper contends that our understanding of one of the most basic aspects of human life, the aspect of human sexuality, has been warped on a number of fronts by well-meaning yet terribly wrong researchers and scholars who make one pronouncement after another that “this” is the way things are. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel

    In three pages this Pulitzer Prize winning text is examined in terms of the theories presented within by author Jared Diamond. One source is cited in the bibliography.

  • Comparative Analysis of Cherokee and Appalachian Native American Cultures

    In nine pages diversity and amazing similarities are noted between these two Native American cultures with particular attention paid to the material culture, patterns of subsistence, and cultural organization of each. There are six sources cited in the bibliography.

  • Globalization and Culture by Tomlinson

    In three pages this paper focuses upon 3 early chapters in this text in terms of the connection established between culture and globalization. There are no other sources listed.

  • The Ok Tedi Mine Case Study and the Relevance of Anthropology

    This 10 page paper relies on the Ok Tedi mine fiasco to provide an impetus to argue that anthropology should be more reactive than objective. The mine issue is related to the people of Papua, New Guinea and concerns the physical and social environments. The role of anthropology is explored. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • European Settlers and the Impact of Indian Culture

    In six pages this paper discusses the colonial cultural impact of the Aztec and Mayan Indians. Fifteen sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Sari as the Symbol of Regional Tradition and Women’s Status in Indian Culture

    In nine pages this paper examines the cultural significance of the Indian sari and how it symbolizes the traditions of a particular region and also a woman’s status in society. Six sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Anthropological Studies of Monica Moore and Jane Goodall

    In five pages this paper examines the importance of observation in ethnography in a comparison of Monica Moore's Nonverbal Courtship Patterns in Women and a first observations' essay by Jane Goodall. There are no other sources listed.

  • Death Penalty in Michigan

    A 3 page research paper that argues in favor of the implementation of the death penalty in Michigan. The essay attempts to refute argument against the death penalty and focuses on the stance that it can be implemented justly. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The New Guinea Highland 'Economics'

    In 7 pages, David M. Hayano's ethnography of New Guinea's tribal societies in The Road Through the Rain Forest: Living Anthropology In Highland Papua New Guinea is considered and wages, labor, services, and economics are also discussed in detail. There are 3 bibliographic sources.

  • “Chimpanzee Politics”

    An 8 page overview of the many similarities that exist between humans and chimps when it comes to group dynamics. Using the book by Frans De Waal as a reference, this paper highlights how chimp group dynamics share more similarities than they do differences with politics in American government. No additional sources are listed.

  • American Culture and the Engineering Concept

    In three pages this research paper discusses how the engineering concept has evolved from the Industrial Revolution to a contemporary artist connotation. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Theories of Anthropology

    In a paper consisting of seven pages Emile Durkheim's functionalism, Julian Steward's cultural anthropology, and Franz Boas's psychological anthropology as expanded by Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict are examined. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Art, Religion, and Cultural Anthropology

    In seven pages this paper considers how cultural anthropology is influenced by religion and art with the argument presented that evolution is affected not only by biology but by cultural variation as well. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Africa and the Practices of Dowry and Bridewealth

    In six pages the African practices of dowry and bridewealth in an attempt to determine if they succeed in protecting women or actually contribute to the inequality among genders. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Human Evolution: Physical and Cultural Changes

    A 4 page overview of human evolution. This paper traces the path from ardipithecus to Homo sapiens. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • 'Roaring Twenties' and Fabulous Flapper Fashions

    In five pages this paper examines the significance of 1920s' flapper fashions and the freedom they represented. There are 5 sources cited in the bibliography.

  • American Popular Culture and Gender Roles

    In five pages this paper discusses how gender roles are created by and are reflected in advertising, popular culture, and education. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Are the Aztec Codices Art or Language?

    In five pages this paper argues that the Aztec codices are not either art or language but rather representative of both. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Bamboo Fire by William E. Mitchell

    In six pages the anthropological text The Bamboo Fire which describes Mitchell's New Guinea Wape research is examined in six pages. There are no other sources listed.

  • Maleness and New Guinea's Sambia

    In five pages this paper examines the Sambia in terms of how masculinity is interpreted by this New Guinea tribe as researched by Gilbert Herdt. One source is cited in the bibliography.

  • Marriage Customs of Africa

    In a research paper that consists of five pages different marriage customs of Lobola such as laws and bridewealth are explored with the Turkana people providing illustrative examples. There are five bibliographic sources cited.

  • Overview of Creoles

    In three pages Creoles are examined in terms of how they are distinguished from Cajuns along with where they came from and when.

  • Contemporary Literature and Chicano Culture

    In seven pages the celebration of Chicano heritage found in texts by Hinojosa, Galarza, Anaya, and Rivera is examined. There are no sources included.

  • Black American Perspectives on Death and Dying from a Religious View

    10 pages and 7 sources. This paper relates the fact that views on death and dying are culturally embedded and can be influenced by religion. This paper considers the nature of cultural customs and religious beliefs on the nature of death and dying for Black Americans. This paper relates the fact that there are many different religious perspectives used by African Americans and that these can all influence perspectives on death.

  • Once We Were Warriors/Postcolonial Theory

    A 6 page research paper/essay that analyzes the 1994 film “Once Were Warriors” offers an international audience a representation of Maori ethnic identity. When viewed in the light of postcolonial theory, the question that such an investigation immediately raises is whether or not the film offers an accurate vision of urban Maori society or if this film is itself a product of a postcolonial mindset. While certainly the domestic difficulties encountered by the film’s protagonists mirror the social disorder that plagues the Maori minority population of New Zealand, an examination of literature indicates that this question is complex and that an ethnic people cannot and should not facilely characterized as fitting so neatly into European-influenced stereotypes. Particularly in regards to how the film pictures Maori men. In order to argue this point, it is necessary to first look at the content of the film, then the basic arguments of postcolonial theory Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Progressive Mayan Civilization of Mexico

    In six pages this research paper focuses on Mexico's impressive ancient Mayan civilization. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Mayan Civilization Downfall

    In ten pages the causes of the collapse of the Mayan civilization is examined in terms of causes with drought and warfare receiving the primary emphasis. Twelve sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Written Language, The Mayan Civilization

    This research paper presents a comprehensive overview of research that pertains to Mayan civilization and its system of writing. Eight page in length, eight sources are cited.

  • Human Behavior, Lemurs, and Gorillas

    In ten pages the similarities between the behavior of humans, lemurs, and gorillas are considered in a comparative examination of habits and lives. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • New Zealand and Australia's Indigenous Peoples and Political Rights

    In five pages this paper discusses the lack of political rights being denied to the indigenous peoples of New Zealand and Australia with neither Australia's democratic or New Zealand's 'New Right' political models working successfully. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Meaning of Tattoos and Body Piercing

    This 6 page paper discusses tattoos and other forms of body art, and what they mean to various people, including gang members. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Ethnography Art

    In seven pages this paper examines Coco Fusco and Susan Hiller's works from a cultural perspective. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Cultural Understanding and the Reflections of Photography

    In eight pages this paper examines how cultural research can benefit from studying still and documentary photography.

  • 'Push and Pull' of Puerto Rican Migration

    In fourteen pages this paper discusses the problems associated with the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and the lack of Puerto Rican community advancement within the American framework. Nine sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Cultural Analysis in Bourgois' "In Search of Respect"

    In a paper of six pages, the writer looks at Philippe Bourgois's "In Search of Respect". The author analyzes the prevalence of crack dealing from a social and cultural perspective. Paper uses one source.

  • Tattoos in American Culture

    This 4 page paper argues that tattoos, although they still have a negative connotation, actually have a rich history in American culture going back to the founding of the nation. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Expressing Yourself Through Clothing

    Different generations, occupations and corporations use clothing to communicate nonverbal signals about group member status and affiliation. This paper explores how different dress can influence reactions a person receives and their acceptance by other subcultures.This paper has six pages and seven sources are listed in the bibliography.

 

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