Crisis situation listed below.
The Vaccine War
As you prepare for the interview, think about anthropology in general terms. Take yourself outside the real m of the current crisis you will be interviewed about
shortly and make sure you are clear about what anthropology does, why it is important, and how its past informs its present. Be sure you take your time and use clear examples, as you want to be as ready as possible before you appear on national TV.
Specifically the following c ritical e lements must be addressed:
I. Defining Anthropology: What is anthropology? Here you will separate the different anthropology subfields you have learned about, and you will discuss how the field is the sum of all its parts as you consider people and their complexities. How do all the subfields work together to form the field of anthropology? You will also provide a field-specific example to support your definition.
II. Anthropological Perspective: In this section, you will explain the significance of an anthropological perspective in various crises. Why do people need an anthropological perspective? Here you will explain the importance of an anthropological perspective in the following situations:
A. Global cultural crises
B. Biological crises
C. Environmental crises
III. Historical Perspective: In this section, you will discuss the importance of history in understanding the present.
A. Provide an example of a historical anthropological contribution that has helped legitimize the field in the present day. Here you will demonstrate the lasting impacts of anthropological history.
B. Provide an example of a way that cultural groups and individuals use their past to inform their everyday life. How are (or are not) people products of their past? Make connections between cultural groups and individuals past and their current everyday lives.
C. Explain how people are (or are not) products of their familial past. Make connections between peoples family history and their present identity.
D. Explain how people are (or are not) products of their communal or regional past. Make connections between peoples communal or regional past and their present identity.
You have already defined and discussed the significance of anthropology, so now you are prepared to jump into the interview and really get at the heart of the crisis situation you have chosen. In this scenario, imagine that a reporter is asking you the questions listed below. In crafting your response, you must address all the aspects of the question represented as Your Response. You will answer each piece titled Your Response to ensure you are appropriately and accurately answering the question the reporter has posed. You may either submit your responses in the form of a transcript, or you may create an audio recording of your answers.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Cultural Diversity: In this section, you will explain the importance of understanding and being sensitive to cultural diversity.
A. Reporter: What is so important that we understand cultural diversity in a time like this? Who cares if were all different? What does it matter anyway?
1. Your Response: Provide an example of human sociocultural identity related to gender. For example, when many people think of farmers, they think of males.
2. Your Response: Provide an example of human sociocultural identity related to human behavior. For example, when many people think of children, they think of specific behaviors that they exhibit, such as crying, playing, or loving.
3. Your Response: Provide an example of human sociocultural identity related to animals. For example, when people think of geese, they think of a flock.
B. Reporter: Human culture might seem more complex than I initially imagined, so how does it relate to the crisis weve witnessed here?
1. Your Response: Describe what some anthropologists can do to help when crises such as these occur. How are they able to navigate crises, such as containing them and informing human cultures while balancing sensitivity to cultural beliefs and practices? What is the importance of doing so?
II. Anthropological Methods: In this section, you will speak as though you are an anthropologist investigating the crisis. You will describe the anthropological methods you would need to use to investigate the crisis, and explain how you believe people would react to you investigating the crisis.
A. Reporter: Alright, can you explain to the audience how you came to this conclusion?
1. Your Response: Of the multiple research methods discussed throughout the course, such as excavation, ethnology, and ethnography, select an appropriate method for investigating this crisis, and explain why this method is appropriate.
B. Reporter: How did these people let you study them? Why did they let you? You most likely upset them, right?
1. Your Response: What types of reactions might you