|There are many takes on what anthropology is. Can these diverse views ever be reconciled? What do you think?
Short Takes on Anthropology
We [anthropologists] have been the first to insist that we see the lives of others through lenses of our own grinding and that they look back on ours through ones of their own. Clifford Geertz
The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences. Ruth Benedict
A knowledge of anthropology enables us to look with greater freedom at the problems confronting our civilization. Franz Boas
Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists. Robert Graves
The great strength of anthropology, including applied anthropology, lies in its potential to lead the way in bringing together humanistic and scientific approaches for understanding humans. David A. Cleveland
Scientific archaeology includes more than the excavation of ancient sites. Archaeology enables us to better understand ourselves and how we got to be the way we are. George E. Stuart and Francis P. McManamon