Early episodes of European colonialism, plantation slavery in the Caribbean, and Darwin in Tierra del Fuego: missing parts of “How Did Anthropology Begin?”
The question of “What is Anthropology?” must be answered in each generation. These posts on What is Anthropology highlight vibrancy & diversity.
Anthropology and Storytelling – Stories that must be told to transform the anthropocene. And yet: Can anthropology spell out relevance for a wider audience?
Thinking about the purpose of anthropology–“Ultimately, anthropology will only matter . . . if it evokes a purpose outside of itself” (Trouillot 2003:5).
Preparing for the biggest Jared Diamond review of all-time–by Bill Gates. As American Anthropology becomes Public Anthropology, we cannot abandon humanity.
Anthropology is a growing field with many useful contributions. Anthropology’s world-changing approach is well connected to the liberal arts.
AAA president Virginia Dominguez provoked and challenged anthropologists in Montreal for the 2011 presidential address. We can be better.
“We should be the humanistic science and the scientific humanism that Eric Wolf described nearly 50 years ago” (H. Russell Bernard, Science in Anthropology)
Anthropologists don’t study everything. Anthropology studies important issues, in context, and gets real data. Anthropology is necessary.