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PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS: A COURSE-BASED M.A. PROGRAM IN ANTHROPOLOGY
 

Summary: PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS: A COURSE-BASED M.A. PROGRAM IN
ANTHROPOLOGY
Background
Our department delivers a coherent, streamlined undergraduate program focused
exclusively on social and cultural anthropology. In Canada, only York University offers
anything comparable. We are persuaded that social and cultural anthropology's
contributions to a liberal arts education and to a tolerant, caring society are currently
irreplaceable. We are in the creative business of radical translation of foreign languages,
unfamiliar ways of life, and moralities sometimes incommensurable with our own, in far-
off forests and islands but also in cities like our own. We are committed to methods
coherent with the recognition of the uniqueness, temporality, and contingency of social
processes. No other university-based discipline provides accounts of social life as solidly
grounded on long-term empirical observation of the nitty-gritty of everyday life and with
such attention to theory.
Ethnographic fieldwork is famous for being a personally unsettling experience, often
physically uncomfortable and emotionally challenging, and without exception requiring
considerable stamina beyond the basic talents of adaptability and perspicacity. However,
what we learn about persons and societies, everyday lives and forms of leadership, moral
evaluations and material practices, provides us with stockpiles of rich, subtle accounts
that enable those who learn from us--our majors, minors, and others--to see our own

  

Source: Argerami, Martin - Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Regina

 

Collections: Mathematics