Traditionally, the practice of anthropology required leaving one’s home country for long periods of time, learning a new language, immersing oneself deeply in another culture for the purpose of “interpreting and understanding” a people. Geertz once said, anthropologists seek to discover “the particular expressions of a people as human beings”…"understanding the other as the other and not just as a pale reflection of ourselves.” Nowadays, there are many new fields and approaches to anthropological research. But are we really practicing anthropology anymore? Are we still attempting to analyze that which is profound in a culture or is anthropological research being used to exploit other cultures? What is the purpose of our research? Are we still trying to figure out what is happening with a specific group of people or are we being used as part of someone else's delusional system? I would like to open this topic for discussion. Thank you in advance for your comments.

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