Interesting Friends and Faux Amis: An Introduction to New Directions in French Anthropology

Essay Excerpt

Anthropology's modest presence in the university system also means that most French anthropologists acquire substantial training in another discipline (often philosophy) before undertaking anthropology at a fairly advanced stage of their postsecondary studies. Until the 1970s, there existed no university training in anthropology below the advanced doctoral level. Virtually all anthropologists completing their studies prior to that period passed the agregation (a national examination roughly equivalent to Ph.D. comprehensive exams) in philosophy before beginning a specialty in anthropology. Today, there exist several graduate programs in anthropology beginning at the master's level. Before entering such programs, however, students have necessarily dedicated several years of university study to another subject and continue to be well served by a substantial background in philosophy. French anthropologists are therefore apt to bring to their reading and writing of anthropology academic backgrounds that are somewhat different from those common among Anglo-American anthropologists.   (Rogersi, 399-400)

About the Author

Rogersi is a Professor at New York University.

Her areas of research are as follows: Sociocultural anthropology, food production, rural development, family and kinship, history of anthropology Europeanist ethnography and history, French society and culture.

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