How does an anthropologist view culture? One commentator offers a high-profile, practical example

How does an anthropologist view culture? One commentator offers a high-profile, practical example

In this commentary in the Financial Times, Simon Kuper suggests that the presidency of Barack Obama can be better understood if you consider Obama to be the "anthropologist-in-chief."

The article draws upon Obama's experience growing up with his mother -- an anthropologist and scholar who conducted extensive field research on other cultures. And, while Kuper's immediate aim may be to explain some of the President's perceived detachment, the article also serves as a good primer on how an anthropologist approaches the study of different cultures.

It's an interesting, practical example of how a scholarly discipline can be applied other fields, in this case, politics and diplomacy. Businesses can also employ anthropological methods to assess their own unique culture and sub-cultures.

-- Clara Shen

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