Anthropology Association Never Intended to Break With Science, Board Says

December 13, 2010

The American Anthropological Association released a new statement on Monday about the controversy surrounding the removal of the word "science" from the association's self-description in a long-range-planning document.

"It was never the board's intention to signal a break with the scientific foundations of anthropology," the new statement says. To buttress that argument, the association has released a draft document that was approved at the same meeting last month during which the disputed planning document was completed. The draft document, titled "What Is Anthropology?," announces in its first sentence that anthropology draws on the biological and physical sciences.

Daniel Lende, an associate professor at the University of South Florida, has maintained a comprehensive list of links related to the debate at his blog, Neuroanthropology.