What Anthropologists Do
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What is Anthropology? Why should you study it? What will you learn? And what can you do with it? What Anthropologists Do answers all these questions. And more.
Anthropology is an astonishingly diverse and engaged subject that seeks to understand human social behaviour. What Anthropologists Do presents a lively introduction to the ways in which anthropology's unique research methods and cutting-edge thinking contribute to a very wide range of fields: environmental issues, aid and development, advocacy, human rights, social policy, the creative arts, museums, health, education, crime, communications technology, design, marketing, and business. In short, a training in Anthropology provides highly transferable skills of investigation and analysis.
The book will be ideal for any readers who want to know what Anthropology is all about and especially for students coming to the study of Anthropology for the first time.
the state, nationhood and identity. Studying call centres in India, and the issues created by the ‘outsourcing’ of jobs to countries with cheaper labour, they observe that: Outsourcing is seen as both a sign of state ‘openness’ modernity, and good macroeconomic liberalization by the defenders of transnational capitalisms, and as a charged symbol of decreasing state sovereignty and control by economic nationalists . . . As a symbol of economic globalization, call centers have come to occupy a
management, assumptions that are part of Palauan culture . . . One way to ensure that this happens is to put the design of the process ﬁrmly in Palauan hands . . . The contribution that anthropological outsiders can make is to oﬀer suggestions about the design of the process. (Avruch and Black 1996: 54–9) From their point of view, ‘the greatest contribution anthropology can make to the creation of a humane ﬁt between ADR and Paluan society may lie in its insistence on the importance of culture’
kinds of museums, ranging from the large established national museums, to the small museums that communities initiate in order to represent themselves. There is a rapidly increasing number of the latter in many local and indigenous communities, sparked by political desires for selfrepresentations, and by the enlarging tourist trade around the world. A natural extension of museum research is the wider arena of ‘cultural heritage’, in which many anthropologists and archaeologists are now employed
for a couple of other projects: one, looking at traditional ﬁshing practices along the coast, and another assessing the viability of placing dams in a remote and mountainous part of the country. Since that time I have moved countless times. As a ‘trailing spouse’, always on the move, I have not been able to pursue a coherent career let alone ﬁnd jobs in social research. This does not mean that my anthropological skills and experience have gone to waste though. For me, anthropology is a way of
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