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ANTHROPOLOGY

as a Perspective in
Understanding the
SELF
Luisita Pielago-Estafia
At the end of the presentation, the students will be able
to

increase awareness of the various dimensions of


anthropology and its influence on self-concept

understand how each culture develop a unique


cultural lens.

examine their own cultural identity from a global


perspective.

demonstrate critical and reflective thought in


analyzing how culture influence our beliefs and
behavior.
The study of human societies and cultures and
their development
Culture is the set of unwritten norms of
conduct that guide the behavior of a group
study of humanity

how i feel about life


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Anthropology
Archaeology

Biological Anthropology

Linguistic
Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
A JOURNEY TO THE EMERALD CITY
Philippines is a small island
(the world does not revolve around it)
“Culture is the acquired pair of glasses
through which we see life”

–Mbarek A. Morocco
Activity: The followings are familiar Filipino expressions or
“sayings” You are invited to take a closer look into these sayings by
using a “universal culture glass” . A universal culture glass is a
more objective way of looking at these ideas and ways of living

1.Kung maiksi ang kumot, matutong mamaluktot.


2. Huli man daw at magaling, naihahabol din.
3. Ang talong hindi marunong lumingon sa kanyang pinanggalingan ay di
makakarating sa paroroonan.
4.Naghangad ng kagitna, isang salop ang nawala.
5.Ang lalagyang walang laman ay maingay.
6.Ang tumakbo ng matulin, pag natinik ay malalim
7.Kung hindi ukol, hindi bubukol
8.Kapag puno na ang salop ay dapat nang kalusin
9.Ang pag-aasawa ay hindi biro, 'di tulad ng kanin, Iluluwa kung mapaso.
Saan nagmula ang ganitong kaisipan nating mga Pilipino?
Paano nakatutulong o nakabubuti sa sarili nating pag-unlad bilang tao at bilang isang bansa ang bawat
kasabihan
Culture Filters “On
automatic”
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we see and interpret behavior


through our own cultural filter
(cultural programming)
parents, friends, and relatives
were simply passing on the
message
forming stereotypes about
people who were different
from us (politician, igorot,
homeless)
Dilemmas of a Society

Hierarchy vs. Equality


Individualism vs Collectivism
Performance \ vs. Caring
Uncertainty vs. Let it be
Flexibility vs. Discipline
Three Ways we can Relate
to Culture

CONFRONT
you believe that your behaviors
are the right behavior
CONFORM
when you adapt your way to
behave, when you conform
COMPLAIN to the whole society
what happens is that you will
isolate yourself into social
bubbles of foreigners living in
segregation with the society
The challenge of becoming
culturally competent
Diversity is an inside job.

Diversity goes beyond race and gender

No one is the target of blame for current to past


inequities.

Human beings are enthnocentric


The challenge of becoming
culturally competent (cont)

The human species resists changes, continuing to


seek homeostasis.

Human beings find comfort and trust in likeness

It is difficult for people to share power

All of these truisms about the human species do not make people mean-spirited or cruel. It just makes us humans.

Nevertheless, these realities make dealing with diversity a challenge.


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Two immigrants arrive in the United States
and are discussing the difference between
the Old Country and the U.S. One of them
says that he's heard that people in the U.S.
eat dogs, and if they're going to fit in, they
better eat dogs as well. So they head to the
nearest hot dog stand and order two 'dogs.'
The first guy unwraps his, looks at it, and
nervously looks at his friend.
"What part did you get?"
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References

Csordas T. (1999) Self and Person. In bode (ed). Psychological Anthropology. Praeger. 331- 350

Geertz, C. (1973) The Impact of the Concept of Culture and the Concept of Man. 33-54 and Person, Time and Conduct in

Bali.360-441. In The Interpretation of the Culture. Basic Books

Ingram, P.D. (2001). An Overview of Diversity Awareness. Penn State College of Agricultural Services, Pennsylvania

Whittaker, G. (2016) What is Social Psychology. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k99ZWnQ-o4U

Zagorca, G. (2010) An Anthropological Conceptualisation of Identity. Synthesis Philosophical 25-43

What is Anthropology? http://www.americananthro.org/AdvanceYourCareer/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=2150