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The future of anthropology

Prezi from one of the last class meetings -- what new challenges and opportunities will anthropologists face in the coming decades? Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Doc Billingsley

on 8 October 2013

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Transcript of The future of anthropology

The Future of


The Future of a Discipline
Exam Review!
Key concepts
Careers & the Academy
Development anthropology
Worldwide trends
Reasons for optimism
New Media Ideologies
Reasons for caution
Technology & Social Change
Medical breakthroughs
* Longer life spans (for some)
* Reduced morbidity (for some)
* Augmented abilities? (for some)
* Guided evolution -- "Machine generations"
* Downsides?

'The next species of humans': http://www.ted.com/talks/juan_enriquez_shares_mindboggling_new_science.html
Machine-driven social change
* Complexity beyond human comprehension
* How do we plan? How do we create policies?
* Who is in control?

Time/space compression

The importance of presence


Anthropology 2.0: The informants strike back?
Human societies are changing around the world:
* Population growth (urbanization, coastal centers)
* Wealth growth (resource consumption)
* Inequality
* Instability
* Immigration & demographics
* Corporations

These changes lead to new questions for social science to address
Critiquing development projects
* Underdifferentiation
* Overinnovation
* Translation

Different from colonial anthropology?
* Funding
* Control
* Human Terrain Systems
Fact vs ideology?



Political movements


The value of education?
* What are humans for?
* Beyond economics
* Liberal arts education

Anthropology in liberal arts:
* Context
* Alterity
* Scale & Perspective

Alternative paradigms
* McGee & Warms chapter
Continue the Review game!

Cheers for:
* E---y!

* J---e!

* K---y!
Social change & Tradition

Agency & Structure

Power & Resistance

Community & Conflict
Context: What anthropologists do
* asking interesting questions
* recognizing alternative viewpoints
* critiquing assumptions

* "Reading" culture as text
* Contextualizing practices and productions
* Translating the unfamiliar
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