Anthropology in Brazil

Antropologia. Uma Introdução

Professor Roberto Jarry Richardson sent me this excellent question regarding Anthropology in Brazil:

I am a Brazilian professor with a Ph.D. in International Development Education at Stanford University. Brazil is lacking a recent textbook in Anthropology and a social science editor asked me to update a textbook written in 1985: Antropologia. Uma Introdução by Zelia Maria Neves Presotto and Marina de Andrade Marconi. I’ve been following your blog and I dare to ask: In 2018, what would be the main subjects to include in an anthropology textbook for undergraduates and graduate students in social sciences?

I looked at the table of contents for the textbook, and it seemed to generally follow a four-field approach. There were some unique sections which dealt with race in Brazil as well as indigenous groups in Brazil. My initial suggestion was to look at the contents for my preferred introductory textbooks, as well as some of the accompanying readings: see Intro to Anthropology 2020, Introduction to Anthropology 2018, and Intro to Anthro 2018. And I definitely recommended retaining but updating the content that was specific to anthropology in Brazil. It should be a fascinating and important resource for Brazilian universities.

Got some great suggestions in the discussion box below, and good luck to Professor Roberto Jarry Richardson!


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