CANADIAN ANTHROPOLOGY: QUESTIONS

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Specifically with reference to the assigned readings for the Fall semester of 2016, with its focus on Canadian Anthropology, please consider the following questions.

On Canadian Anthropology:

  • Why do we have, or need, an institutionalized Anthropology in Canada?
  • How are we to define “Canadian Anthropology”?
  • When speaking of individuals, how do we know when one is a “Canadian anthropologist”?
  • Is there a Canadian Anthropology or is it just Anthropology in Canada?
  • If it is “Anthropology in Canada,” then from where has it been imported?
  • If what we are doing in Canada is primarily US Anthropology, then what are we importing when we do US Anthropology in Canada?
  • How have we implemented US Anthropology in Canada?
  • Does challenging US hegemony imply nationalism and, if so, is that a problem?
  • Is US imperialism active in academia?
  • Is there a Canadian epistemology? How might answers to the latter question relate to answers to “What does it mean to be Canadian?”
  • Is there a perceptible outline of a “Canadian school of thought” in Anthropology?
  • Are there particular topics which appear to interest Canadian anthropologists, that is, where such topics are the repeated focus of investigation by many if not most anthropologists in Canada?
  • If there is value in maintaining or developing a Canadian Anthropology, then what practical steps can we take?

On the constitution of Anthropology:

  • What is an anthropological problem?
  • What is an anthropological question?
  • What makes a research method, or theory, anthropological?
  • Is Anthropology akin to a “universal science” that is relevant regardless of national boundaries, and that transcends national origins?