The following is my attempt to understand the AAA Executive Board's position:
1. The deletion of "science" was from the "long term goals" of the mission statement, but that doesn't affect the definition of anthropology.
2. The Board's public statement "endorses the crucial place of the scientific method in much anthropological research."
3. The What is Anthropology? document describes the four fields of anthropology--sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics--without use of the word "science" in any of them. An introductory paragraph does refer to the "social and biological sciences"--but the sentences leave unresolved the location of those sciences. Are they inside or outside of anthropology? Here are the two relevant sentences:
"Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences."
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