the science^H^H^H^H^H^H^H public understanding of humankind
December 4, 2010 10:10 AM Subscribe
"The purposes of the Association shall be to advanceAt this year's meeting of the American Anthropological Association, the organization's board adopted a new mission statement whose description of its goals omitted all mention of anthropology as a science. An online debate ensued. Some researchers in the anthropological sciences are upset about the changes, while right-wing culture warriors see it as another salvo in the "science wars" or the takeover of the discipline by "fluff-head cultural anthropological types who think science is just another way of knowing." Other anthropologists think this is an opportunity to broaden the discipline and embrace non-scientific forms of knowledge.
anthropology as the science that studiespublic understanding of humankind in all its aspects."
There's a lot of good discussion in the comments on these pieces, particularly on Recycled Minds (linked on "upset about the changes") and Savage Minds (the final link).
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