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Anthropology Is Born

Farrah Jarral explains her own passion for anthropology and explores its birth as a distinct discipline.

GP and anthropological enthusiast Farrah Jarral tells the amazing and unexpected story of anthropology. From its earliest roots studying 'savage' and 'primitive' cultures during the imperial era, through living among them in the post-colonial period, to the sometimes self-obsessed study of our own societies during the globalised present, Farrah traces the history of this influential discipline.

She asks the questions which anthropologists have asked for generations - how have we understood our own societies, how have we seen and understood those of others, what is it that we share, and what is it to be human - and situates them in the changing historical and intellectual contexts in which they were asked, and answered.

In this first episode, Farrah explains her own passion for anthropology and explores its birth as a distinct discipline.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

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15 minutes

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Mon 25 Jan 2016 13:45