Lambda Alpha Journal of Man, v.16, no.2, 1984

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The Lambda Alpha Journal of Man is published annually by the Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University.

Editor-in-Chief : Dr. Dr. Wayne L. Parris
Student Co-editors : Jan Smith Lorna Batterson


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    Lambda Alpha Journal of Man, v.16, no.2 (complete version)
    (Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University, 1984) Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology
    This issue of LAJ consists of three articles: Cultural Relativism and Environmental Ethics by Lawrence T. Willett; Change and Continuity in a Peruvian Expatriate Community: Sr. de los Milagros in Lima, Peru and Chicago, Illinois by Margo. L. Smith; and Speculation on the Genetic Origin of Cultural behavior: A Key Mutation for Asymmetry by Anthony D'Agostino.
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    Cultural relativism and environmental ethics
    (Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University, 1984) Willett, Lawrence T.
    In this paper the scientific objectivity of anthropologists is represented as a major hindrance to the development of an appropriate environmental ethic in Western culture. This is because anthropologists avoid the necessary feeling of responsibility which could allow a different attitude to develop. Moral neutrality is not the basis for overriding cultural relativism in matters of experimenting on humans; here I suggest it is not a valid basis for matters of environmental concerns to humans. Also, I urge fellow anthropologists to re-view our position in nature, and suggest ways we might contribute to a more appropriate scientific and ethical world view.
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    Change and continuity in a Peruvian expatriate community Sr. de los Milagros in Lima, Peru, and Chicago, Illinois
    (Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University, 1984) Smith, Margo L.
    Author's interest is focused on the adaptation of Peruvians to their new cultural setting in Chicago. A brief history of the procession in Lima is presented first, followed by a description of the procession there in contemporary (1968-1969) times. The paper then turns to a discussion of the Peruvian community in Chicago, focusing on the Sr. de los Milagros observances. Cultural changes and continuities of both practical and symbolic nature in the observance of the procession will be discussed. I contend primarily that the function of this procession, originally an expression of religious devotion and concern about e a r t hq ua ke s and serious illness, is increasingly taking on in Chicago the characteristics of a demonstration of Peruvian national/ethnic identity.
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    Speculation on the genetic origin of cultural behavior: a key mutation for asymmetry
    (Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University, 1984) D'Agostino, Anthony
    The most basic elements of culture which separate humans from other animals are the efficient use of tools and the development of language. Evidence is presented suggesting that a key mutation for lateral dominance formed part of the biological basis for the sUbsequent development of culture which is dependent upon handedness for the efficient use of tools, and upon cerebral speech asymmetry for the lateral localization of language functions.