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”