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05/07/12

  14:17:00, by admin   . Categories: anthropology (general), University / Academia, websites

Teenthropologist: Reasons for studying anthropology instead of medicine

“At the age of 18, why do I want to settle down and commit myself to Medicine when I can really investigate for example why there are health differences between the different classes and areas in Britain?”

Teenthropologist is the name of a new anthropology blog, written maybe by the youngest anthro-blogger around. She is 19, from Durham University in Britain. In her opening post she explains why she chose to study anthropology instead of medicine (or before studying medicine sometime later as anthropology provides useful perspectives for doctors).

Interestingly, she also asks “How on earth had we never been told of this course [anthropology] at school before? And why were so few people doing it?”

A very promising blog, I think, with so far two more posts: Train Journey – Class, Caste, Kinship…anthropological heaven? and a review of In Search of Respect (one of my favorite ethnographies…).

I also like the way she defines anthropology in her about page. She does not use the standard and somehow outdated views about anthropology = dealing with “understanding foreign cultures”. Instead, she uses Gillan Tett’s work about the financial crisis and her own study about teenage girls shopping to explain what anthropology is about.

>> visit Teenthropologist

PS: I’m going to update the anthropology blog newspaper at http://www.antropologi.info/blog/ soon. Currently, the overview over new anthropology blog posts at http://www.antropologi.info/feeds/anthropology/ is more up to date

SEE ALSO:

Being radical critical without being leftist: Interview with medical anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes

AIDS:"Traditional healers are an untapped resource of great potential”

“Ethnographic perspectives needed in discussion on public health care system”

1 comment

Comment from: Jia [Visitor]
Jia

I also like her way she defines anthropology. Her idea is very special.

2012-08-07 @ 09:50

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