Contemporary Issues in Anthropology
Anthropology is a broad and varied discipline. Even within anthropology there are debates and disagreements about who anthropologists are and what they should be doing. In Contemporary Issues we examine how anthropology and anthropologists have responded to a ‘modern’ globalised social and cultural milieu. We consider the politics and practice of representation, research methodologies and anthropological practices to explore how anthropologists approach the preoccupations of the contemporary world. This module complements themes explored in Ways of Seeing through our shared focus on the aims and scope of anthropology. The module is divided into blocks that help identify key themes and ideas.
The module builds a solid ethnographic and theoretical foundation that addresses core anthropological concerns in the contemporary world. This will be used to explore relevant political, economic and social anthropological themes (including money, work and consumption; nation, place and migration; race and ethnicity, sex and gender; violence; and fundamentalism).
The module explores the premise that anthropology is, above all, about how we look at people, and understand their behavior; it is about the way we see ourselves, as well as how we see others. Contemporary Issues will help students to see that there are many different ‘anthropologies’ which attempt to encompass a diversity of viewpoints, both within your own communities and across the world.