INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY | ONLINE. . . . . . . . . . .Spring 2018

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HE&C 8e

Week 13: Cultural Anthropology: Trade & Economic Institutions

  • Read: Ember textbook, Chp 11
  • Quiz due Thursday 9pm
  • Online media #10 - due no later than 5pm Fri
  • Research Paper due LATE by Fri Apr 20 5pm

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Final Exam will be available Monday, April 30 9am and must be completed by Tuesday, May 1 9pm.

Anthropology Quote of the Week:

"I know you think you are being generous, but the foundation of gift giving is reciprocity. You haven't given me a gift. You've given me an obligation... The essence of the custom is that I now have to go out and purchase for you a gift of commensurate value and representing the same perceived level of friendship as that represented by the gift you've given me. It's no wonder suicide rates skyrocket this time of year." - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory


Online Media 10:Reciprocity & the Power of Giving, by Lee Cronk

Family Online Media 9:
Is There a Family? New Anthropological Views, by Collier, Rosaldo and Yanagisako (Routledge, 1997)
OM8 Online Media 8: Harvard psychologist
Steven Pinker
on linguistics (Big Think, 2012)
OM7 Online Media 7:Everything You Wanted To Know About Culture, Dr. Saba F. Sabdar, TEDxGuelphU
OM6 Online Media 6:
Guns, Germs and Steel, Part 1, feat. Jared Diamond
(National Geographic, 2005)


Online Media 5: Watch this video of the archaeology of the Fremont Indians (PBS, 2013)
OM4 Online Media 4: Listen to this interview with Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show from the program "Fresh Air" on NPR (Feb 18, 2016)


Online Media 3: Watch PBS NOVA's"Becoming Human, Part III"(YouTube, ~52 min, 2014)

OM2 Online Media 2: In Search of Human Origins from Discovery Channel, 1999 (YouTube 69 min)
OM1 Online Media 1: Evidence for Evolution from (YouTube 11:22)

Recommended viewing: Macat's "Introduction to Anthropology"


Recommended readings:

Endangered Cultures:

Language and Myth

Cultural Anthropology

Domestication and the Rise of Civilization


Human Variation

Human Evolution

Evolution and Genetics


Online Media 10


Read the following article about practices of reciprocity and answer the following questions:Reciprocity and the Power of Giving, by Lee Cronk

1. Explain where the term “Indian-giving” came from and why.

2. How has gift giving in some societies come to serve as a substitute for war? Describe a culture that has a “war of wealth” instead of a “war of blood”.

3. What is a modern-day example of reciprocity that the author discusses?

E-mail your completed assignment
TO:, with the SUBJECT: ANTH10

Due Friday, April 20, 5pm

Online media assignments are graded on a pass (1)/fail (0) basis. See the Grades webpage for results.



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