Re: Mutilation and ritual

greg (bones@SIU.EDU)
Fri, 12 Jul 1996 15:03:47 -0500

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This message has shined a light on one thing: you people have way too much
time on your hands. It's only e-mail!

>Mike - Not meaning it as an attack but as an observation: I'm not sure if you
>have looked at your department's homepage, so here it is:
>Welcome to the CSUN Anthropology Department Homepage.
>What is Anthropology?
>Anthropology is the study of humankind everywhere, throughout time.
>Anthropology involves the study of people, their origins, biological variations
>and characteristics, their languages and *cultural patterns*, their social
>structures and institutions, and their adaptation to their environment.
>Anthropologists strive to create useful generalizations about people and their
>behavior in hopes of bringing about the fullest possible understanding of human
>Anthropology is unique among the social sciences because of its comprehensive
>scope, unique methods, and particular focus on people from non-Western
>societies. Due to its wide range of subject matter, anthropologists specialize
>in one of four major subfields:
>Sociocultural Anthropology
>Sociocultural anthropology is the study of the cultures of living people or the
>ways of life in contemporary societies.
>Mike - Researching Body Modification is an important part of Sociocultural
>Anth. How we represent ourselves to public perception is an important part of
>socialization. You might want to check out Irving Goffman's book on stigma, or
>Robert Plant Armstrong's book on affecting presence. Anthropology should be
>open to any cultural happening. It seems that "thinking about things" is what
>academics is about. BTW - What is Serious Stuff?
>Louisiana State University
>Nedra Sue Davis PHONE: 504-388-6027
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