“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else     Margaret Mead

“Adventure has no place in the anthropologists profession; it is merely one of those unavoidable drawbacks, which detract from his effective work through the incidental loss of weeks or months.” Claude Lévi-Strauss

What is anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humankind, otherwise known as Homo sapiens, the wise primate. It is about our history, our prehistory before written records, our biology, our language, our distribution of peoples all over the plan- et, and the cultural and social aspects of our existence. The methods we use on this journey are varied and eclectic—an unusual discipline. What is perhaps unique about anthro- pology is its global quality, its comparative potential, and its integrative possibilities, which result from its examination of histories, biologies, languages, and socio-cultural varia- tions. As a discipline, it is unusual because it is both soft and hard, including science as well as the humanities, be- tween nature and culture, the past and the present, search- ing for new ways to understand the human condition. We are an academic discipline with porous boundaries that has refused to specialize and as a result can claim to have made enormous contributions to understanding what it means to be human. Anthropology is a young discipline, in only its fourth generation, one of the first of the new sciences along with ecology.

(From Perspectives – open anthropology textbook- http://perspectives.americananthro.org)

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