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Anthropology at Tufts
Anthropologists study global human experience, combining social,
cultural, biological, archaeological, and linguistic approaches
within a single discipline. Our questions and topics are diverse. In
our courses, students examine (for example) the relationship between
culture and human rights, the globalization of childhood, concepts
of animal life in industrial farming, place making in global cities,
the political shaping of gender, how human bodies relate to their
environments, questions of cultural ownership in art, new uses of
social media, indigenous rights in contexts of environmental
destruction, nationalist uses of archaeology, and the intersection
of transnational diasporas with US notions of "race." While in the
past anthropology was typically the study of non-Western societies,
today anthropologists also work "at home"—wherever in the world that
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