This is a very nice clip that explains what anthropologists do and demonstrates that it is not just studying “other” cultures, but studying our own as well.
This short clip defines culture and highlights how it is different from instinct.
This clip, put together by the American Anthropological Association, reinforces the reality that racial distinctions were created and that there are no distinct races that can be determined biologically.
Ethnocentrism and relativism:
This provides a good explanation of the reaction we have when confronted with things that are foreign to us and how we often judge initially from an ethnocentric perspective.
Evolution and Anthropology:
This clip offers a survey of early influences in evolutionary thinking in anthropology.
Foundational Durkheim Theories:
This clip explains how fieldwork is done in all four fields of anthropology.
Positivism, Reflexivity, and Multi-sited fieldwork:
This starts with an explanation of the divide between science and myth and then goes into the various approaches in anthropology.
This clip explains the history of the blended approach of structural-functionalism. It is a longer clip (43 minutes) but would be good for students who are struggling with the concept.
Bands, Tribes, Chiefdoms, and States:
This short clip gives a brief explanation of key differences in social structures.
This is an example of pidgin from Hawai’i.
This clip provides a good explanation of the theory.
Gender, Sex, and Sexuality:
This is a challenging survey of gender, sex, and sexuality, with examples.
This is a very short explanation of the concept of enculturation.
Kinship (theoretical perspectives):
This is a good survey of theories of kinship.
Bridewealth and Dowry:
This clip provides a good explanation of the “economics” of marriage.
This clip provides a very good explanation of the dynamics of reciprocity.
Means of Production and the Theory of Exploitation (Marx):
This is a longer clip (51 minutes), but it covers a wide body of material related to classes, exploitation, and means of production.
Political economy explained in this short video. It has a Marxian focus.
Rite of Passage:
This is an example of a rite of passage from Mali.
This clip offers an origin myth example from Australia.
This is a good overview of the features of a ritual.
This is a good explanation of how witchcraft can be used to explain misfortune and differences in society.
This clip touches on the importance of medical anthropology.
Magic and Religion:
This longer clip (34 minutes) goes through the anthropological study of magic and religion.
Oracles (Witchcraft Among the Azande):
This clip is the best explanation and demonstration of witchcraft and oracles. It is a full-length ethnographic film (53 minutes), but well worth investing the time.
This clip provides a good explanation of syncretism.
This longer video (47 minutes) explains anomie.
Hegemony, Doxa, and Cultural Capital:
This is a quick explanation of the key concepts.
This is a good survey of political anthropology. The clip covers many of the concepts discussed in this chapter.
Personhood, Nationhood, and Race:
This is a very good, but longer (131 minutes), discussion by a brilliant anthropologist, Thomas Hylland Eriksen.
Multiculturalism (pluralism) and National Identities:
This is another very good, but perhaps challenging, overview by Thomas Hylland Eriksen primarily on the work of Ernest Gellner, with references to Anderson and Said.
This is a quick overview of globalization and anthropology.
Globalization and Diaspora:
This is a longer panel discussion (113 minutes) of the impacts of globalization, diaspora, white hegemony, capitalism, and identity.