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The future of anthropology
Transcript of The future of anthropology
The Future of a Discipline
Careers & the Academy
Reasons for optimism
New Media Ideologies
Reasons for caution
Technology & Social Change
* Longer life spans (for some)
* Reduced morbidity (for some)
* Augmented abilities? (for some)
* Guided evolution -- "Machine generations"
'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?
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)
* Immigration & demographics
These changes lead to new questions for social science to address
Critiquing development projects
Different from colonial anthropology?
* Human Terrain Systems
Fact vs ideology?
The value of education?
* What are humans for?
* Beyond economics
* Liberal arts education
Anthropology in liberal arts:
* Scale & Perspective
* McGee & Warms chapter
Continue the Review game!
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