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"Huon, do you mean we do research, develop lots of ideas about the world, develop ethical guidelines, take our research serious, and then when it comes to defend what we think in a public arena, we say, well listen it´s all just a joke, let´s not take ourselves too serious? isn´t that kind of attitude what makes anthropology irrelevant?
Good question, David. This is part of the reason why larger audiences do not have much of an understanding of what anthropologists actually do. In order to be taken seriously, we might actually have to engage in public discourse and support a particular position. Unless, of course, we have nothing to say.
I tend to think that anthropologists DO have plenty to say, but that's just my opinion. I don't understand certain currents on this thread that seem to support the idea that we should avoid saying anything that will rock the public boat. Then what's the point?
What exactly IS the "character" of this site? That's part of what I am trying to figure out here.
You do seem to be very exercised by that question, it is true. What I like about this site is that people can freely
chew the fat about specific matters of anthropology.