Neanderthals, more favorable now…

Anthropologists adopt a more favorable view of Neanderthals from Wash Post Europe by Marc Kaufman Scientists are broadly rethinking the nature, skills and demise of the Neanderthals of Europe and Asia, steadily finding more ways that they were substantially like us and quite different from the limited, unchanging and ultimately doomed inferiors most commonly described … Read more

CEAUSSIC continues its work.

CEAUSSIC: Ethics Casebook

from American Anthropological Association by Brian
Dr. Laura McNamara

?The AAA?s Ad Hoc Commission on Anthropology?s Engagement with the Security and Intelligence Communities (CEAUSSIC) continues its work. Our main activities at present include: 1. the writing of a report to the AAA on the widely and hotly debated Human Terrain System of the U.S. Army, 2. The editing of a casebook illustrating the diversity of kinds of practicing anthropology, including associated ethical questions, with a primary emphasis upon the security sector broadly conceived, 3. And providing support for the AAA?s ongoing ethics process. In an effort to keep our work transparent and part of the public and disciplinary discussion of all of the above, CEAUSSIC is also going to be contributing a monthly entry to the AAA?s blog. Each entry, by different CEAUSSIC members, will address topics that have arisen or that we have been thinking about, which we will continue to discuss via the blog, a discussion in which we hope you will also participate.?

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A sad day for Anthropology: Levi-Strauss Passes at 100

last updated: 17 Nov 2009- 13:30

“Nec minus ergo ante haec quam tu cecidere, cadentque”

Claude Lévi-Strauss

We are way beyond Levi-Strauss’ structuralism but who can deny the role he played and nostalgia of the discipline that he was the one that went beyond the disciplinary boundaries and actually shaped all social sciences. Prof. Levi-Strauss seems to be the last anthropologist that occupied the very center of global intellectual production for a long time. Now that anthropology misses its golden years, the passing of Levi-Strauss becomes even a sadder case…

Levi-Strauss Passes at 100

from American Anthropological Association by Brian

French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss has passed away at the age of 100. Best known for introducing structuralism into the discipline, Lévi-Strauss contributed greatly to our understanding of non-Western cultures and was a passionate defender of the humanity of all peoples. He was a prolific author, publishing more than 20 books, including Tristes tropiques (1955), The Savage Mind (1962), Structural Anthropology (1958; trans. 1963), and Mythologiques I-IV (1961-1971). Although this is a sad day for anthropology, his legacy will live on through the lives and disciplines he has helped shape.

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