Can I study my culture?

In the world of anthropology there is a primary focus on amazing anthropologists like Max Weber, Lewis Henry Morgan, Margaret Mead and one of the many who consider the father of anthropology, Franz Boas. Acting as a guide, his contributions have laid the foundation for numerous ideologies, theories, and studies of human culture. For example, one of Margaret Mead’s most infamous studies is through a technique called visual anthropology, in which Mead studies character formation in three different cultures, the Balinese, Luthemal, and American. Personally, I really like Margaret Mead’s methods and since I learned about her, I have studied a lot of her previous work. During my first semester in graduate school, I was eager to continue learning about those who paved the way for me to study anthropology. However, as I followed course after course learning about all these anthropologists and their wonderful contributions, there were a couple of things I noticed. One, there were no comprehensive studies of black anthropologists, two in almost every class I attended. I was the only minority, and three when I started participating in the field work realized that there were very few minorities that were part of anthropology as a whole and I began to wonder why. Was it because of scientific racism related to the early periods of anthropology? Is it because minorities feel uncomfortable or not accepted in the field? Or is it simply because minorities are not being exposed to anthropology? Whatever the reason, perhaps it is a silent subject that seems to remain in the world of anthropology.

Scientific Racism

Make no mistake, racism was the center of attention during the early stages of anthropology, as it developed during a time when racism was portrayed as the next fashion statement. Unfortunately, those partial views entered into the work of some of the most predominant figures in anthropology. The scientific racism that different minorities suffered during the early years of anthropology can be very discouraging to learn without them. heart feeling a little heavy or sad. This heaviness is something I have seen shown by almost everyone who learns what happened in those moments. For example, the first time a teacher showed a movie about the human zoo, There was an awkward feeling that spread to both sides of the room and a heated discussion that followed. Expressions of shock, pain, and disappointment were on the surface of the discussion. The human zoo was present during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when socialists, scientists, and anthropologists collected humans from various ethnicities from many parts of the world to display for entertainment purposes. Europeans around the world would pay to look at humans as if they were animals, and in some cases animals were grouped with humans as a comparison. Scientists and anthropologists collected humans of various ethnicities from many parts of the world for display for entertainment purposes. Europeans around the world would pay to look at humans as if they were animals and in some cases animals were grouped with humans as a comparison. Scientists and anthropologists collected humans of various ethnicities from many parts of the world for display for entertainment purposes. Europeans around the world would pay to look at humans as if they were animals, and in some cases animals were grouped with humans as a comparison.

Is it acceptance or exposure?

Personally, I have never experienced a time when someone made me feel like I don’t belong on the field, but there certainly were times when I may have felt that my views were not as accepted or valued as my white peers. However, I think this is something minorities face in almost every line of work for some people who abandon themselves to an ignorant mindset. Whatever the case may be, it remains uncomfortable and acceptance in the field of anthropology was not always the case. On the one hand, he had the majority of anthropologists who regularly studied blacks and other minorities to demonstrate that they were inferior to their white successors and that their lives were of no value among many other horrendous preconceptions. Due to these frivolous minority studies, many blacks did not accept anthropology and chose to distance themselves from practice. Instead, most African-Americans liked sociology and history when promoting their education. The number of black anthropologists was so small that there were only about 10 black anthropologists in the early 20th century. Today, the number of black anthropologists has far exceeded 10 people, but the numbers are still relatively low. Because racial and cultural wars have helped break down some barriers for minorities, it has not yet made its connection to anthropology. Again, I must ask the question why? The number of black anthropologists was so small that there were only about 10 black anthropologists in the early 20th century. Today, the number of black anthropologists has far exceeded 10 people, but the numbers are still relatively low. Because racial and cultural wars have helped break down some barriers for minorities, it has not yet made its connection to anthropology. Again, I must ask the question why? The number of black anthropologists was so small that there were only about 10 black anthropologists in the early 20th century. Today, the number of black anthropologists has far exceeded 10 people, but the numbers are still relatively low. Because racial and cultural wars have helped break down some barriers for minorities, it has not yet made its connection to anthropology. Again, I must ask the question why?

One theory that I have considered is that exposure to anthropology is not fully present in African American culture. From my own experience, I know that I was exposed to the possibility of being a doctor, a lawyer, a nurse, a teacher, and the typical mainstream jobs that are unconsciously forced upon children through various media. Anthropology was not one of those options, in fact, I wasn’t really introduced to anthropology until I was forced to take Cultural Anthropology as a required course during my time as a student. Fortunately, that course allowed me to explore a world of cultures and extremely change my professional career in general. The lack of exposure not only comes from cultural aspects, but also seems to generate an educational point. As a student, I soon realized that there were not many studies on African American anthropologists, which led me to do my own research on African American anthropologists. During the investigation, I learned how Franz Boas was not only the teacher of white anthropologists, but also of a black anthropologist. I was fascinated by learning about African-American anthropologists, who also became my favorites, and played an important role in anthropology like Zora Neal Hurston. Mrs. Hurston was a student at Franz Boas and in her class the same time as her fellow anthropologist Margaret Mead. Zora Neal Hurston was a well-known novelist, one who contributed to folklore, and an author. However, Zora Neal Hurston was also an anthropologist by her own rights and studied with the best. Margaret Mead is always mentioned as a notable student of Franz Boas, but unfortunately in most courses Hurston is not even recognized. Then there was the fact that WEB DuBois took a comparison with Franz Boas, read documents alongside Boas in London, and invited him to speak at the university where he taught in Atlanta, Georgia. Unfortunately, the collaboration of the two is not something you would normally learn in the basic Anthropology courses, which is sad. Lack of exposure to the achievements of African American anthropologists & # 39; It says a lot and carries a message that studying blacks is great, but acknowledging their contributions is powerless. Anthropology is a field that sheds light on a variety of issues around the world. Most importantly, it observes the cultural disparities and similarities that extremely connect people from all walks of life. Obviously, exposure is not the main reason why minorities move away from the field of anthropology, but it seems to have its own interest in the matter. The truth is that there is a need for more diversity in anthropology and hopefully as anthropology continues to progress there will be an acknowledgment of such extremely profitable ways for those who would not even think of becoming anthropologists since people cannot disclose something they have never been exposed to. Exposure is not the main reason why minorities move away from the field of anthropology, but it seems to have its own interest in the matter. The truth is that there is a need for more diversity in anthropology and hopefully as anthropology continues to progress there will be an acknowledgment of such extremely profitable ways for those who would not even think of becoming anthropologists since people cannot disclose something they have never been exposed to. Exposure is not the main reason why minorities move away from the field of anthropology, but it seems to have its own interest in the matter. The truth is that there is a need for more diversity in anthropology and hopefully as anthropology continues to progress there will be recognition of such extremely profitable ways for those who would not even think of becoming anthropologists since people cannot disclose something they have never been exposed to.

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