Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Anthropology, Science and the Art of Media Sensationalization
Recently, a colleague known for "button-pushing" found ammunition to load his derision gun with, in the media hype surrounding the American Anthropological Association's (AAA) so -called controversy regarding science. Hundreds of anthropologists voiced their concern to the New York Times a few days later. The AAA has since posted a response to the public controversy over science in anthropology, in which they state: Some recent media coverage, including an article in the New York Times, has portrayed anthropology as divided between those who practice it as a science and those who do not, and has given the mistaken impression that the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Executive Board believes that science no longer has a place in anthropology. On the contrary, the Executive Board recognizes and endorses the crucial place of the scientific method in much anthropological research.