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Typical Day

It depends on if you're an anthropology teacher (the majority) or someone who actually works in the field.

Anthropology Teacher:

Dr. Dawn F. Mann is an anthropology teacher at Belleview High. Her class is an elective for high schoolers, so plenty of kids make their way through their entire education without ever learning much at all about anthropology, which Dr. Mann thinks is a crying shame. Anyway, she makes her way into school a little after 7am, grabs some coffee in the teachers' lounge and starts going over her day's lessons. She has five different classes of students today, and her lesson in all of them is going to be involving the importance of multiculturalism; specifically, she is going to be pointing to examples of several African nations, and drawing contrasts and comparisons between their ways of life and our own. Hopefully there won't be anyone in any of her classes wearing neck rings, as that would really step on her point. Her first class starts at 8:15, and she has another at 10:00. She is a good teacher and a great speaker, and she's not teaching trigonometry, so most of her students are pretty engaged and interested in the material she’s teaching. After lunch, she has a few more classes, and then she heads home to review and grade a stack of homework assignments.

Some schools are getting really short on class space.

Anthropologist in the field:

Dr. Dirk Digemup is a sociocultural anthropologist who is spending a couple of months exploring the curious (to us, anyway) religious practices of the Jainist Digambar monks of north India. He starts his day by rolling out of bed at his hotel (what did you think—he was going to be sleeping in a cave?) and, after getting ready, makes his way to the Jain temple. He has been coming here every day for the past two weeks to observe and converse (in Hindi) with the monks. 

These monks are always nude—they don’t feel that they're naked, however, but rather that they are "wearing the environment." Emperors' clothes and all. Hey—if it worked for Adam and Eve, why not? He spends some time watching their religious ceremonies, then talks to some of the Jainists afterward, all the while making notes in his journalism. After lunch (he hems and haws but ultimately decides on Indian food), he returns to his hotel room to go over his notes, making whatever conclusions he can about his findings and writing several pages more of the research paper he intends to present to the Department of Defense, which has employed him to learn more about the regional customs of the area (just imagine this is a future where north India poses a huge threat to the U.S.—we want to know a bit about these people so we can learn to communicate with them, hopefully avoiding an international crisis). After this, he settles into a comfortable chair with a couple of books written about the area and people and gets a couple of hours of reading in, which takes him to the end of the day. That's about as relaxing as research gets.

Mmm…those bricks look comfortable.













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