Introducing Cultural Anthropology, 2nd Edition

A Christian Perspective


12. Anthropology in Action

Chapter Goals

After studying this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Articulate the relevance of anthropology for career development.
  2. Describe multiple applications of anthropology to work and service situations.
  3. Express the importance of anthropology to the global church.
  4. Describe some of the historic and contemporary connections between anthropology and missions.

Chapter Outline


Anthropology at Work

Anthropology in Everyday Life

Anthropology in Ministry

Anthropology and the Global Church

Anthropology and Missions

The Future of Christians in Anthropology



pastoral anthropology


Discussion Questions

  1. Generate an example of how anthropology can be helpful in each arena: work, everyday life, ministry, global church.
  2. Review the undergraduate learning outcomes from the American Anthropological Association. Which one or two have you developed while taking this course (adapt, if need be, for settings other than undergraduate programs)? Give a concrete example of a paper, project, exam, or class activity that developed these skills.