Links

The following are some selected links of relevance to this course, chosen because in part because they cover the same material in a slightly different way. If you have any specific interests the best search engine is www.google.com.

On the concept of culture:

An excellent overview of the various ways the word "culture" has been used in different contexts: http://www.wsu.edu:8001/vcwsu/commons/topics/culture/culture-index.html .

An overview of various anthropological theories is to be found at http://www.as.ua.edu/ant/Faculty/murphy/436/anthros.htm 

 

Anthropological Field Work:

A good site with a compete set of anthropological field notes covering several decades of research in a Turkish Village http://lucy.ukc.ac.uk/Stirling

http://www.sherryart.com/women/bedouin.html An excellent site on fieldwork among Bedouin women in the Sinai.

 

Culture Change:

http://www.partal.com/ciemen/ethnic.html A good resource site on ethnic nationalism the world over.

http://daphne.palomar.edu/change/default.htm A very good short tutorial on culture change, dealing with much the same material in the lectures, (including some detail on the Cherokee writing system)

Primates

http://songweaver.com/info/bonobos.html  A discussion of recent interesting material on Bonobo sexuality.

http://williamcalvin.com/teaching/bonobo.htm  A good general site on bonobos and bonobo survival in the wild.

http://www.gorilla.org/  Good popular gorilla site.  Information on Koko, the famous signing gorilla

http://www.geocities.com/willc7/HumanMind.html  Some speculations on the origins of human cognition and morality, with a fascinating anecdote by Frans de Waal about “moral” behavior in bonobos.

 

 

Language and Communication:

A fine discussion on metaphors in language in relation to culture is: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jlawler/meta4compute.html

A very good source on writing systems past and present is found at: http://alumni.EECS.Berkeley.EDU/~lorentz/asw/

http://babel.uoregon.edu/yamada/guides.html A good starting place if you are interested in specific living languages.

http://daphne.palomar.edu/language/default.htm A tutorial on linguistic anthropology, covering some of the same material in the lectures

http://daphne.palomar.edu/behavior/default.htm A short tutorial on primates, including primate communication.

The Arts

http://www.research.umbc.edu/eol/2/white/index.html An ethnographic account of the use of the turntable to create musical effects in hip-hop music.

http://www.soc.ucsb.edu/faculty/hbecker/Improv.html An ethnographic study of the rules of improvisation in jazz music.

 http://tattoos.com/jane/steve/index.htm  An extensite site devoted to body decoration, especially tattoos.

Cultural Ecology

http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/academic/cult_sci/anthro/lost_tribes/hg_ag/hg1.html good site on hunter gatherers.

http://www.panix.com/~paleodiet/ Extensive site on Paleolithic diets and supposed relevance to today.

Kinship and Marriage

http://daphne.palomar.edu/kinship/default.htm A an excellent tutorial on kinship

http://daphne.palomar.edu/marriage/default.htm An excellent tutorial on sex and marriage

http://www.chcp.org/Vwedding.html Chinese Marriage Rituals

Gender Issues

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/gender/gender22a.htm A well written series from the Washington Post on gender issues in the United States.

http://www.fgmnetwork.org/ A good site if you are interested in the complex problems involving female genital "mutilation", or "circumcision".

http://www.guyrules.com/ A humorous site, which actually contains a good bit of perceptive ethnographic information on middle class American male values.

 

Political Organization

http://www.sscf.ucsb.edu/~ogburn/

A very interesting site on the Inca Empire, the largest pre-conquest Native American political system.

Religion

http://daphne.palomar.edu/religion/default.htm An excellent tutorial on Religion and Magic

http://www.balchinstitute.org/rites/rites.html .. A site devoted to various initiation rituals in the United States