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ANT 112 - Downtown (James-Hernandez) Exploring Non-Western Cultures: General References

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2. Give you the essential facts and concepts to understand material written by experts.

3. Focused on well-established knowledge.

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Suggested terms

The following is a list of common search terms related to cultural anthropology that you may use to generate ideas for your research.

  • Ethnographic surveys
  • Complex society
  • Cultural materialism
  • Ecological anthropology
  • Economical anthropology
  • Ethnicity
  • Ethnography
  • Honour and shame
  • Postmodernism
  • Regional analysis
  • Relativism
  • Rite of passage
  • Social structure
  • Structuralism
  • Taboo

Also take a look at the online anthropology books on the right.  They have many more ideas for research areas you could focus on.

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Reference Databases

PCC has a number of online reference databases that are great starting points for your research.  Here are a few suggested resources.

Studies in anthropology are multidisciplinary so you may need to look in other types of databases for sources, depending on your selected topic.  See all Reference Resources databases.

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