Week 1 Gave us the basics of anthropology setting up what it is and terms commonly used to describe it. We learned how inside and outside views are important and can make a difference in what we are observing and how biases create different outlooks which is explained through different weeks. Week 2 we step into a more specialized into how people are categorized by their looks. People are not biologically different races which is a common misconception. The views of other is what makes people think that whites are more similar to whites and blacks to blacks, etc. With these different races comes different languages and religions that create even smaller sub categories in week 3. Within each race there are people that belong to different churches, and speak different languages. In week 4 we learned about kinship and descent groups. It touches upon where people think they come from and their relations to the people they come from. Within this is the idea of incest, who you can and cannot marry and things of that nature. These vary from place to place and can be different within different groups of people. Gender roles also vary from place to place and are defined by the social nature of a place. In week 5 we learned about how people make money in different places. Again this is different in many different cultures and how they spend it is also very different. There are many different types of money throughout the word and some societies have even created their own apart from the normal currency. Week 6 incorporates how these cultures have spread across the world and why they are doing so in the idea of globalization.
Within each different society there are people with different skin colors, religions, languages, income, work, and ways of life. With that all being said in week 2 systems of a difference in Race: Power of an Illusion it is discussed that those things do not relate people in anyway. This is seen in week 5 where black people feel they do not make as much money as white people and are given less jobs than them a lot of the time. In the movie To the Light: Chinese Minors we learn about the harsh conditions they face and how unfair it is for them. The categorization of skin color/race is seen in languages in week 3 where mostly people of the same race speak the same language. Also, race being a deciding factor is seen in week 6 where we think of refugees and people escaping terrible situation in their countries as outsides and different from the rest of us because they are typically of a different race unlike in the story On the Run: Narrative of an Asylum Seeker where Ada is just in a refugee position. Race is a huge aspect of why we think the way we do and is hard to think that there is no biological aspect connecting people of the same race.