"The purposes of the Association shall be to advance
At this year's meeting of the American Anthropological Association
anthropology as the science that studies public understanding of humankind in all its aspects."
, 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. [more inside]