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SSC 101 Week 2 Discussion 1 Anthropology Observing “Other” Cultures

Anthropology: Observing “Other” Cultures. 1st Post Due by Day 3. After reading Chapter 4 in the text and the article “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema,” think about who the Nacirema are. Then, answer the following questions:

In observing a society, how should an anthropologist, acting as an outsider or external observer, approach or understand what he or she is witnessing?
This article is a classic and, therefore, dated. Look at some of the practices in our society today. Choose one cultural practice that is considered “normal” in our culture. You can take the example from any sphere of life, including sports, entertainment, shopping, dining, or others.
Next, describe that cultural practice the way Miner describes it. How would the description of the cultural practice change the way our culture and people are viewed by an outsider?
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length, excluding the discussion prompt and references. Your initial post is due by 11:59 p.m. on Day 3 (Thursday). Please cite your sources in APA format both in-text and in full reference citations at the end of the post.
Guided Response: Respond to at least two classmates’ initial posts by Day 7. In your response, discuss whether or not you agree with their assessment of how an anthropologist should approach cultural research and why. For instance, if you disagree with your peer’s arguments, explain why and discuss how your reaction differs. You should also comment on their description of an American cultural practice. Did their description change the way you view the practice? Posts must be at least 75 words in length and demonstrate critical thinking, engagement with course material, and represent a meaningful attempt to engage in discourse.

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