What is anthropology? How do you do it?

For those who don’t know what anthropology is, watch the video below as a very, very brief introduction. Notice that the ways these anthropologists describe their craft has little if anything to do with numbers or statistics. There is a show on ESPN titled “Numbers never Lie”. An anthropologist, if asked to answer that proposition, might say that numbers easily lie. For that reason, anthropologists consistently rely on the power of observation, and the reaction to that observation through their writing, to convey knowledge of humanity in the present. Humans are much more than demographic data. Their lives are full of content and meaning that are excluded when we are asked to consolidate lives into numerical figures.


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