Accepted Paper:

Applying and teaching "anthropological perspectives" beyond the anthropology department  

Author:

Tomomi Naka (Tottori University)

Paper short abstract:

As cross-cultural perspectives are emphasized in many fields, increasing need and opportunities are available to teach anthropology in non-traditional academic settings. This paper explores challenges and opportunities in teaching anthropological perspectives in diverse settings.

Paper long abstract:

As globalization progresses, nuanced understanding of cultural diversity is becoming increasingly important for business and education. The current emphasis on international/global perspectives in higher education in Japan, for example, provides ample opportunities for instructors and students to feel the value of anthropological perspectives. At the same time, inadequate understanding of anthropological perspectives can bring undesirable outcomes, including enforcing stereotypes and shallow perspectives of cultural diversity. Based on several case studies and actual examples, this paper explores challenges and opportunities in teaching anthropological perspectives in diverse settings.

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Opportunities and challenges for the future of practicing anthropologists