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Mentoring and Moral Experience: On learning how to live by Darja Djordjevic

by on December 9, 2011

(just putting this title up for comments on the article)


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  1. amygraceaustin permalink

    This short article is packed full of wonderful quotes that I’ve tucked away to be able to reflect on more deeply over time. Wow! What an inspirational woman and what a beautiful way to look at our role as anthropologists in the midst of suffering and injustice.

    One of my favorite quotes is this, “Moved by the suffering of others and enraged by injustices, we respond from moment to moment as best we can because the alternative is to remain disengaged, even more powerless. We learn to care for others by being thrust into contact with another human being, another self.”

    Over the course of this past year I have fallen head over heels in love with the discipline of anthropology and what it has to offer the world. When I was younger, when asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, all I would say is, “I want to walk with people.” The crazy thing is that anthropology gives me the opportunity to do that in meaningful, tangible ways every day.

    This article causes me to reflect on the wonderful anthropologist women on this campus who have impacted my life so deeply. I’m so grateful for Djordjevic’s powerful words and the ways they give me courage and hope as a budding anthropologist.

  2. Like Amy, I found this article very moving. I love seeing anthropologists making a difference in the world and molding the lens that people use to see others. I have friends who don’t understand why I love anthropology so much (I don’t think they REALLY know what it is I am studying) but I see all of the ways that I can apply it to every day life and make changes in the ways people see the world around them. Although I want to study a different branch of anthropology, I have lots of respect for those who “[dive] in head first” to solve a problem they are passionate about. The human element is critical to every situation that occurs in the world as we are connected to the environment that surrounds us. Understanding the complexity of people is crucial in taking the steps to make the world a better place.

  3. Summer Rose W permalink

    This article was very heart warming, and a really good example of the use of emotions in a study. She used her emotions to study and help others. Her writing shows that she really cares about the things she does. I really enjoyed reading this article because it is always nice to know that there is someone out there who really cares for the well-being of others.

  4. punam123 permalink

    This article is very motivational and powerful. The way she states made me realize through anthropology is more then doing a field work, its more of understanding, feeling and working for the justice of the people who are suffering.

  5. I agree that this article was very positive. There is nothing wrong with such a thing because I think that most anthropologists and ecologists need some sort of pick me up. Its easy to become entangled in the complications that come with analyzing not only other cultures but your own and how the discourse of development affects your life. It’s not always a fun and easy discipline to be an anthropologist, especially when trends emerge and the same patterns of oppression and environmental destruction appear over and over. I think this author gave us a good perspective to end the semester with. The last few articles that have discussed feeling have been a mix of positive and negative. However, this article sets the tone to “happy” for me… at least for the rest of the day!

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