ERIC Number: ED455086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Bringing Anthropology Home: Latina/o Students, Ethnographic Research, and U.S. Rural Communities. Occasional Paper No. 57. Latino Studies Series.
Very few Latinos earn doctorates in anthropology, and the number enrolling in undergraduate programs is also not encouraging. This paper addresses the low and stagnant number of "new" Latino doctorates in anthropology, discusses reasons for this poor showing, and presents a possible solution--an approach to the study of anthropology that emphasizes fieldwork to make students active participants in their training. This approach is a key component of the Palerm School of Anthropology, which has produced many doctorates in Mexico and has been implemented at the Center for Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). About 25 years ago, anthropology in Mexico took a radical turn in its intellectual development, moving away from functionalism and"indigenismo" toward cultural ecology and peasant studies. Mexican anthropology also became more applied as Angel Palerm and his cohorts began to address development issues. An advocate of integrating theory and praxis at the start of a student's career, Palerm established a field school in Tepetlaoztoc, where Mexican and foreign students studied specific issues in rural communities. Juan Vicente Palerm introduced his father's approach at UCSB, involving Chicano students in ethnographic field studies of Mexican farmworkers in California agriculture and of Mexican American communities and developing a faculty mentoring program for graduate anthropology students. These experiences show Latino students that anthropology is relevant to the pressing problems of the Latino population and to the students' career goals. (Contains 14 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Doctoral Programs, Field Studies, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, Relevance (Education)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Julian Samora Research Inst.