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Anthropology Association Defends Stance on Science

December 3, 2010
 

Leaders of the American Anthropological Association, facing criticism from some physical anthropologists and other scholars over dropping the word "science" from the organization's plan for the future, have issued a statement saying that the controversy has been exaggerated. "We believe that the source of the problem speaks to the power of symbols: we replaced the term 'science' in the preface of this planning document by a more specific (and inclusive) list of research domains, while explicitly acknowledging that the Association’s central focus is to promote the production, circulation, and application of anthropological research findings," says the statement from the organization's officers.

 
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