Winter Journey Part II — Getting There

Ok, so I’m not going to give you a travelogue blog, as you can tell by the absence of posts since October, almost exactly 3 months ago.  Equally obviously, I am still finding how I will use this blog.  Look for some posts on, or inspired by, anthropology. For example, this one. But today, I would like to fill in the gaps in the journey we started on October 28th (of 2015). Continue reading “Winter Journey Part II — Getting There”

Anthropology, a practical application

In previous, scattered, posts to this blog I have talked about new directions as I slowly change my career and lifestyle. Today I am thinking about moving forward by returning to my original discipline, anthropology. “Cultural anthropology” is the subfield in American anthropology that strives to understand human culture and social organization.  This discipline is frequently perceived as providing accounts of “exotic,” tribal and pre-industrial peoples to contrast with our own culture.  And while this does lead to a fuller understanding of our own lives, anthropology can also contribute solutions to the pressing issues of the twenty-first century: climate change, conflict in the middle east, social and economic change the United States, and systemic poverty in the 3rd world. Continue reading “Anthropology, a practical application”