Tag Archives: cultural anthropology

More Anthropology for the Real World

It’s great when the rubber meets the road, when theory aids understanding of reality.  Applied anthropology aims for just such an application – how can anthropology help solve real world problems?  I’m in the field of higher education and readily … Continue reading

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Understanding Rituals for Missional Purpose

Western Christians tend to be afraid of rituals, even anti-ritual.  Rituals often bring to mind images of idolatry and magic, head hunting and cannibalism.  In reality, people use rituals continually.  Every culture has a ritualistic script for greeting one another, … Continue reading

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Whatch U Talkin’ Bout Willis?

Do you know any idioms? I’m not talking about those folks next door that are always annoying you… Likely, you know dozens of idioms and don’t even realize it. Idioms, according to my unofficial definition, are local cultural phrases (often … Continue reading

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