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18: Public Anthropology (Borofsky)

  • Page ID
    5265
  • LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Explain how the structure of academic careers, topical specialization, and writing styles contribute to difficulty with communicating findings from academic anthropology to a wider public.
    • Identify examples of anthropological research that has contributed to the public good.
    • Define public anthropology and distinguish it from academic anthropology and applied anthropology.
    • Assess the factors that contribute to a desire for public engagement in anthropology as well as the obstacles to this engagement.
    • Evaluate the ways in which accountability, transparency, collaboration, and the goal of benefitting others could contribute to reframing anthropology.
    • Discuss actions that can be taken by anthropologists to facilitate social change.