What is the geography
of the discipline of anthropology? How do anthropologists cluster around
issues of theory? How do the formal associations created by
anthropologists organize the discipline around areas, issues, and
What did the class
learn from this exercise?
Anthropological organizations may be formed around a particular goal
(applied anthropology), the study of a particular area (Oceania) or
topic (work), a theoretical position (humanistic), or the identity
of the members (Latino and Latina, European). Mixtures of these
principles are common.
- Some of the
groups are active; others are diffuse and relatively somnolent. It
seems to make a difference if there is a core of active people who
keep things going. Often the leadership appears to be limited to a
particular geographic area or cluster of people who know each other.
- In general the
organizations were not very responsive to requests for interviews or
other information from graduate students. Some people were very
helpful, but many did not respond to repeated emails and phone
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