Thanks for the post. I think Marianne Gullestad’s 5 challenges are an excellent pointer towards anthropology’s biggest challenge: publicly defining the discipline’s relevance to the 21st century world, ie, the globalized one we live in now, with all its problems, technology, and economic polarities. Gullestad hints at this in her #5 challenge–the study of “themes, peoples and perspectives that have largely been ignored as anthropologically uninteresting.” Anthropology must get over its navel gazing and explain to the world why its useful, then apply its usefulness anywhere needed, not ignoring those it finds “uninteresting.” if it can’t prove relevancy, anthro will be absorbed by the other disciplines and shoved into a closet as a cute 20th century interest. don’t believe it? just look at what’s happening to anthropology in France.
Comment from: malluva kasavets [Visitor]
are anhtropological problems only greatly linked to racism or there is something more tou are not talking about
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There is much that is not mentioned here, but racism is indeed a central issue
Comment from: shwany [Visitor]
the anthropology is Called (colonialism science)
As well as the anthropological thinking is against religious thinking in many eastern communities , especially Islamic societies …so I think it is the biggest challenge of Anthropology in these communities
Comment from: ghazali sani [Visitor]
anthropology is not contrariwise or against any religion most especially Islam, because the sole aime of it is to excavate the ancuient history, and the biggest challenge is thinking
Comment from: Muhbat Ali Shah Quaid i azam university Islamabad [Visitor]
Anthropology has many challenges such as human being evolution, Culture relativism,subjectivity and objectivity, racism, to conduct and publish the ethnography in native language, anthropologist needs to focus on south Asian rural culture , these all challenges are need to be addressed by the anthropology in 21st century?
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