Friday, September 21, 2012

Early Semester Formless Monsters

In 101 courses, I have consistently run into problems getting across the importance of symbols in anthropology, and human life in general. In an “aha” moment that I wish would have hit me long ago, I think a major area of confusion stems from the very different usages of the word, symbol, in academic vs. popular conversations.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Newbie Preconceptions: How 101 Views Anthropology

I spent my last post bemoaning the canceling of some anthropology sections and pondering if better public branding would help. Keeping with such marketing-inspired thinking, I attempted some focus group research last week in the first meeting of one of my cultural anthropology sections to see what the preconceptions of young Americans with no experience in anthropology were.