Anthropology a Science? Statement Deepens a Rift
- December 15, 2010
- An op-ed by Tom Boellstorff, anthropology professor, is featured in the New York Times December 13, 2010
From the New York Times:
From my perspective as editor in chief of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association, I think that removing "science" from its long-range statement doesn't deepen a rift so much as widen a misunderstanding. I hope the association will reconsider because anthropology helps broaden the definition of science itself. Science takes place not just in laboratories but in field sites; it involves not just experiments but forms of nonreplicable observation, and not just in anthropology but in sciences as diverse as zoology and astronomy.
For the full story, please visit http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/opinion/l14anthro.html.