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So am I to tell you about me or Anthropology?

ME:  When I was fourteen (approx.) I saw the Indiana Jones trilogy with my brother (who would have been around eight at the time) on VHS. Needless to say we were hooked. We had fun dressing up like Indiana and acting out scenes from the movies complete with word for word echoing of our favorite lines. It should be no surprised that among the three movies, our favorite was The Last Crusade as it had the best lines. “All I have to do is squeeze.” “All I have to do is scream.” 

I don’t know exactly what it was about the films that really captured our attention and undying devotion for all things Indy (we even ended up with a brown and black dog named Indy). Probably the adventure and danger aspects. Even now, my brother’s ringtone is the Indiana Jones theme song and it will probably be that until the end of cell phones (or either of our deaths whichever comes first).

I have in the past, dipped my fingers lightly into Archaeology knowing full well that it isn’t all Indiana Jones style, but I never thought about it as an actual type of career and in some aspects I still don’t. But as of August 2012 I have started to put more than just a finger or two into the field that is Anthropology. Why Anthro? Because it covers so much more than archaeology, which I adore but I like other things and aspects as well. This could be the start of something huge, or just a side hobby-like thing. All I know as of now is that after getting my Associates in Web Technology (May 2013); my next move is a BA/BS in Anthropology. Not sure what I want to concentrate more on at this  moment, and I may never decide, but I know that I want to look at forensics a bit closer but you know, not TOO close!

There is the love of reading, big cats, traveling and orcas to know about as well. Obviously ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ has had some impact sometime along my life. I have a few things named Cheshire, and a few handles of such as well. Was quite disappointed in ‘Once Upon A Time in Wonderland’ television show that thankfully has wrapped up. I watched it to the end, but it was seriously missing the magic the original show has.

I adore animals and once upon a time was a certified veterinary technician, but because I have a tendency to be overly emotional when it comes to things I can relate to I decided that working at a vet clinic just wasn’t going to make me happy. I still try to “use” those skills I’ve learned so I do not loose them and currently have been adopted by a strange crew of five cats. I’m not even going to count the fish; as in an aquarium not something the cats bring in. Although it has been a few hours of mindless entertainment for all of us. No dogs currently, but I do love them; medium to large ones more than the little ones but there have been a few that have plucked at the heart-strings.

I’ve volunteered at places like Watermelon Mountain Ranch (google it, or click the link!) sharing my animal knowledge and experience there and helping animals find forever homes and keeping my urge to adopt them all stomped down.

Old: Currently a student working at Albuquerque Publishing Company (they own Albuquerque Journal our local newspaper) part time playing with the paper’s archives on the computer. I attend both CNM and UNM both with an Anthropology major.

New: I now live in Cuernavaca, Morelos Mexico which is about an hour south of Mexico City. Moved here in 2015 because, well Aztecs, pyramids and oh man culture! And a slight escape that is America at the moment. Sadly I ran out of grant and loan money for school so that got rudely shoved to the far back burner. Also not really working except for the odd computer/web-site repair here and there, which in turn does give me time to ‘play’ around the city/state/country and meet wonderful people like Charlie Goff and Carol Hopkins. The latter who apparently has adopted me and the hubby.

I still wish to get my BA in Anthropology from just about any school and go on for a MA in Biological Anthropology and try my hand at Forensic Anthropology despite the fact that a few frown on it as “it provides no research opportunities to the science of Anthropology” which I highly disagree with, but what do I know?

I may still hit up Australia for a time abroad, but since I’m living in Mexico most of the year who knows what’s going to happen.

That is me. Unscientific, fun sized and adventurous.

ANTHROPOLOGY: the academic study of humanity. It has origins in the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences.
The term “anthropology” is from the Greek anthrōpos, “man”, understood to mean humankind or humanity, and -logia, “discourse” or “study.”

Fields

  • Archaeology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Social anthropology

Frameworks

  • Applied anthropology
  • Ethnography and Ethnology
  • Participant observation
  • Qualitative methods
  • Holism
  • Cultural relativism

Key concepts

  • Culture · Society
  • Prehistory · Evolution
  • Kinship and descent
  • Marriage · Family
  • Material culture · Gender
  • Race · Ethnicity
  • Functionalism
  • Colonialism · Ethnocentrism
  • Postcolonialism

Areas and subfields

  • Anthropology of religion
  • Anthrozoology
  • Biocultural anthropology
  • Cognitive anthropology
  • Ecological anthropology
  • Economic anthropology
  • Evolutionary anthropology
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Media anthropology
  • Medical anthropology
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Transpersonal anthropology
  • Urban anthropology
  • Visual anthropology

Sociocultural Anthropology

Sociocultural anthropologists examine social patterns and practices across cultures, with a special interest in how people live in particular places and how they organize, govern, and create meaning. A hallmark of sociocultural anthropology is its concern with similarities and differences, both within and among societies, and its attention to race, sexuality, class, gender, and nationality. Research in sociocultural anthropology is distinguished by its emphasis on participant observation, which involves placing oneself in the research context for extended periods of time to gain a first-hand sense of how local knowledge is put to work in grappling with practical problems of everyday life and with basic philosophical problems of knowledge, truth, power, and justice. Topics of concern to sociocultural anthropologists include such areas as health, work, ecology and environment, education, agriculture and development, and social change.

Biological (or Physical) Anthropology
Biological anthropologists seek to understand how humans adapt to diverse environments, how biological and cultural processes work together to shape growth, development and behavior, and what causes disease and early death. In addition, they are interested in human biological origins, evolution and variation. They give primary attention to investigating questions having to do with evolutionary theory, our place in nature, adaptation and human biological variation. To understand these processes, biological anthropologists study other primates (primatology), the fossil record (paleoanthropology), prehistoric people (bioarchaeology), and the biology (e.g., health, cognition, hormones, growth and development) and genetics of living populations.

Archaeology
Archaeologists study past peoples and cultures, from the deepest prehistory to the recent past, through the analysis of material remains, ranging from artifacts and evidence of past environments to architecture and landscapes. Material evidence, such as pottery, stone tools, animal bone, and remains of structures, is examined within the context of theoretical paradigms, to address such topics as the formation of social groupings, ideologies, subsistence patterns, and interaction with the environment. Like other areas of anthropology, archaeology is a comparative discipline; it assumes basic human continuities over time and place, but also recognizes that every society is the product of its own particular history and that within every society there are commonalities as well as variation.

Linguistic Anthropology
Linguistic anthropology is the comparative study of ways in which language reflects and influences social life. It explores the many ways in which language practices define patterns of communication, formulate categories of social identity and group membership, organize large-scale cultural beliefs and ideologies, and, in conjunction with other forms of meaning-making, equip people with common cultural representations of their natural and social worlds. Linguistic anthropology shares with anthropology in general a concern to understand power, inequality, and social change, particularly as these are constructed and represented through language and discourse.

And that is Anthropology. Scientific, gigantic and adventurous too.

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