Culture Webquest: A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words
Provide written analysis for various pictures archived on the National Geographic Photography: People &Culture webpage.
Part A -- Identify aspects of material culture represented in each photograph. Make speculations with regard to cultural norms and non-material culture, including the use of symbols:
2. Tea Ceremony
6. In pictures 1-5, what are some similarities you notice about the rituals being practiced in each of the pictures?
7. Why do you suppose such similarities exist?
8. What is dissimilar about the photographs?
Part B -- Cultural Relativism
For each of the following, explain what potential exists for cultural relativism to become an issue during your analysis of these photographs:
10. Face Paint
11. Elephant Bath
12. Buffalo Race
13. Illegal Miners
Part C -- Sociological Perspectives
Pick any picture found at the National Geographic site (you may use pictures already used) and interpret them through
various sociological perspectives. List the photo's title and the page number (1-7) it is found on.
14. Photo title _______________________________ Page # ________
Interpret this photograph using the Functionalist Perspective:
15. Photo title _______________________________ Page # ________
Interpret this photograph using the Symbolic-Interactionist Perspective:
16. Photo title _______________________________ Page # ________
Interpret this photograph using Conflict Theory:
Part D -- Synthesis
17. Having completed this webquest, give a summative conclusion: what have you learned about culture?