Heather Paxson's Doing Anthropology

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Academic anthropology is the study and knowledge of regular anthropology such as cultural, archaeological, biological, and/or linguistic. In the video “Doing Anthropology” Heather Paxson states “not only as anthropologist do we talk to people and ask them what they think but we do things with them alongside them” (Mitanthro 0:17-0:27). This is an example of academic anthropology as they try to learn more about what they are observing. Asking a lot of questions will help find out a lot about the study. Doing the task with the subject at hand and learning the ways of others will teach the anthropologists in ways an interview may not. In the video “Childhood Rivalry in Bali and New Guinea” there are two cities in which the parents borrow a neighbors …show more content…
The study of forensic sciences is a huge part in applied anthropology as the anthropologist will use the facts they know to figure out the facts of the bones. In the video “FAFG English” the narrator says “Today in the 21st century, the scientists can make the bones speak” (1:03-1:08). This statement shows us how important the discovery of remains is to these scientists as they can tell everything about the past by the remains of a human. Discovering the remains of a human and figuring out who that person is, how that person died, when that person died, and who the person was connected to is applying academic anthropology to fill in the missing knowledge. Being able to tell a person exactly how their loved one died is what these anthropologists are all about as it helps people with the grieving process. Kottak says “An applied anthropologists working as a market researcher may be concerned with discovering how to increase sales of a particular product” (Kottak 66). As an applied anthropologist, you have to take the information given to you and use that in a way to predict or create a certain outcome.
Academic and applied anthropologist are similar in the way that they both do a lot of research and collect a lot of data. The main point that separates the two fields is the fact that applied anthropology will use that information that has been gathered to create and/or predict an

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