Comparison with the
World Cultures Database
50-Minute Lab Group Assignment
by Bruce Freeman
Department of Anthropology, University of Calgary, Canada
Note: The following 50-Minute eHRAF lab assignment is part of a set of
individual and group assignments for the course "Methods and
Analysis for Anthropology (ANTH 411.01). Click here
if you would like to see the syllabus.
In the computer lab form groups of two or three students.
2. In your groups, use the eHRAF World Cultures database to
browse through the OCM Subjects/Codes and select two that your group
considers might be associated (i.e., "Alcoholic Beverages" (OCM 273)
and "Offences against the Person" (OCM 683).
3. Using eHRAF World Cultures database each group member
is to select one culture in a different HRAF region than other members.
Ensure that both selected OCM Subjects appear in the text of at
least one document for that culture.
4. Each group member is to review the subject-indexed ethnographic text
and succinctly summarize it in written form (one page, 250 words):
a. The culture
b. The context in which the OCM subjects appear in the document(s)
c. The association (if any) among the OCM subjects
Working with your group members, develop a hypothesis using the two
subject codes that could be investigated further cross-culturally using
the eHRAF database. Explain the hypothesized relationship among the OCM
subjects. Include this one-page (250 word) response with the
for Methods and Analysis for Anthropology (ANTH 411.01)
I: Syllabus (www.yale.edu/hraf/methods_analysis_syllabus.htm)
II: Tentative Class and Reading Schedule (www.yale.edu/hraf/methods_analysis_schedule.htm)
Part III: Test Study Questions (www.yale.edu/hraf/methods_analysis_studyquestions.htm)
IV: Individual and Group Assignments (www.yale.edu/hraf/methods_analysis_assignments.htm)
V: Course Journal (www.yale.edu/hraf/methods_analysis_coursejournal.htm)