THe open anthropology foundation


Parallax: “the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions…” (OED)

The discipline of anthropology is committed to the principle that trained ethnographers bring a unique point of view to studying cultures other than their own. Cultural distance does not necessarily bring objectivity, but it always provides an important perspective, particularly on aspects of culture that are difficult for indigenes to see or explain.
Despite slow institutional changes, most foreign anthropology graduate students who are trained at US universities are still expected to go home to do their fieldwork. American students are discouraged in many subtle and overt ways from studying their own culture, so exercise the privilege to work in other countries of their choice. The result is an imbalance, and a lack of much-needed ethnographic insights on US culture by anthropologists from other cultures and countries. Previous experiments by foreign anthropologists working on the US have been successful and often eye-opening.

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