Anthropology concerns the study of culture, social organisation and relationships, ways of life and meaning making. It is a very rich and fascinating field which includes any area of life that you can think of. Originally started in non-western cultures by explorers, missionaries and colonial officials in the 19th century, since 1970 it slowly started to include western societies as well, which was called ‘anthropology at home’. We can continue to learn with and from eachother, for example regarding:

  • dance (of course!)
  • rites of passage
  • language, metaphors, symbols, stories and mythology
  • the body, the senses and embodiment
  • different ‘cosmologies’ about the world and our place in it
  • views on health, illness, coping strategies, explanatory models and health care systems