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What particular advantages do anthropologists have in trying to solve social...

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lcowan6 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 27, 2013 at 4:55 AM via web

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What particular advantages do anthropologists have in trying to solve social problems?  Are there any disadvantages? An example would be great


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jpope1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted May 17, 2013 at 12:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Anthropologists analyze all social behavior and phenomenon from a cultural perspective. This means that they tend to be very good at identifying the structures and community practices that help shape individual behavior. One advantage of this type of thinking is that it enables anthropologists to imagine the ways in which culture might radically change. For example, when thinking about the social problem of crime, anthropologists can be very imaginative. They might consider the radical possibility that crime could be dealt with in ways other than a prison system. Or they might consider the way in which the very notion if crime can shift and change. Because anthropologists encounter so many diverse cultures, it is easy for them to envision our own culture as being a lot different than what it currently looks like. 

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