The relationship between culture health and disease is a complex and intricate one. Culture shapes beliefs, attitudes, and practices relating to health and illness, and these, in turn, influence the prevalence, diagnosis, and management of diseases.
Silent trade, also known as dumb barter or depot trade, is a method of exchange where two trading parties do not have any direct interaction during the trade process.
Derived from the Tongan word "Tabu," meaning "forbidden" or "prohibited," Taboo refers to actions, behaviours, or subjects that are considered forbidden, offensive, or socially unacceptable within a particular culture or society.
In the realm of anthropology, markets are not merely viewed as places for economic exchange but are considered as complex sociocultural systems that are deeply intertwined with local societies, cultures, and politics.
The parallels between religion and magic are rooted in their fundamental nature. They both provide explanations for the unknown, promote social cohesion, and are integral to cultural systems.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the human experience is the way we seek to understand our world. This quest has primarily taken two distinct paths: science and religion. While these domains may seem fundamentally divergent, each seeks to answer profound existential questions about life, the universe, and our place within it.
Deculturation, a term often mistaken for acculturation, refers to the process where a person, group, or society loses their original culture due to oppression, colonization, or other factors that lead to cultural disruption.
The increase in female-headed households represents a shift in the global family structure with significant socio-cultural and economic implications. From a cultural anthropology perspective, the rise underscores the necessity of interrogating traditional gender roles and addressing the gender wage gap.
Unilineal descent is a system of tracing kinship through one gender, i.e., either through the male or the female line. It is subdivided into patrilineal descent, where lineage is traced through males, and matrilineal descent, where lineage is traced through females.
The ways of acquiring a spouse are numerous and deeply rooted in cultural, economic, and social contexts. Understanding these practices helps anthropologists and sociologists comprehend the complex nature of human societies and their evolving norms and traditions.
Honor killings, a deeply disturbing cultural phenomenon, are murders committed under the pretext of preserving the perceived honor of a family or community. They occur when the victim, usually a female, is believed to have brought
Customary law is a fascinating subject in anthropology, as it offers insight into the structures of societies and cultures. This type of law, though not formally codified like statutory law, holds significant sway over local practices and behaviors.