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    Teaching Anthropology in Poland


    Buchowski, Michal and Cervinkova, Hana (2016) Teaching Anthropology in Poland. Anuac: Rivista dell'Associazione Nazionale Universitaria Antropologi Culturali, 5 (2). pp. 47-51. ISSN 2239-625X

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    Abstract

    In Poland, anthropology has never been taught as a mandatory or optional course outside university education. Some attempts to introduce anthropology at a level of secondary school were made at the beginning of the 1990s by the late Krzysztof J. Brozi, university professor of philosophy and cultural anthropology. In his arguments in favor of anthropology Brozi insisted on the general humanistic value of anthropology as a discipline studying cultural diversity, and its popularity in the West, particularly in the United States. He trusted that in the period of enthusiasm for sweeping revolutionary changes in all domains of social life this move would bring expected results, however it was an illusory hope. As far as we know, these attempts did not reach beyond discussions in small academic circles and did not reach the governmental level essential for anthropology to be introduced in the country. Furthermore, most policy makers and representatives of educational institutions in the central administration, independently of their political orientation, probably saw philosophy as the humanistic subject that should be taught in secondary schools rather than anthropology. Instead, it is religion and not anthropology that is offered as an elective subject in schools (Buchowski, Chlewińska 2011).

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Teaching anthropology; Poland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 12741
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.7340/anuac2239-625X-2511
    Depositing User: Hana Cervinkova
    Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2020 11:17
    Journal or Publication Title: Anuac: Rivista dell'Associazione Nazionale Universitaria Antropologi Culturali
    Publisher: Università degli studi di Cagliari
    Refereed: Yes
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