Founded in the spring semester of 2012 this blog originated as an extension of ANTR 320 at Old Dominion University. It’s purpose is to introduce anthropology students to writing for the general public by encouraging a critical engagement with current events and popular trends.
Why foxes and hedgehogs?
The tale of the fox and the hedgehog was made famous in academic circles by the philosopher and moralist Isiah Berlin. All the hedgehog knows is in his little burrow, he represents someone who has one big idea and knows it completely. The fox is wily and knows a little bit about lots of different things, he represents someone who has many divergent ideas. The anthropologist Clifford Geertz was fond of saying that anthropology is a discipline of foxes, but at ODU we’ll take thinkers of any stripe.
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