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An Invitation to LaughterA Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World$
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Fuad I. Khuri and Sonia Jalbout Khuri

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226434766

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226434759.001.0001

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Exploring origins

Exploring origins

The choice of anthropology

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(p.8) One Exploring origins
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An Invitation to Laughter
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226434759.003.0002

This is the story of the author's career in anthropology, which began in 1956, when he was a sophomore student at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Because of his lack of interest in any particular subject, he was enrolled in what was called a “group major,” in the author's case comprising history, sociology, and education. The author took education for two reasons: first, because it was one of the specialties required for the scholarship he was after, and second, because a teaching diploma would guarantee him a job upon graduation. One is not required to have a teaching diploma to teach in private schools in Lebanon, but it contributes to making one a better teacher—and also increases one's salary as a teacher by about eight percent. For his master's thesis, the author chose to do fieldwork on social stratification and school achievement in Cedarstown (a pseudonym for a small village in north Lebanon), a study combining sociology with education. After graduating from AUB, he chose to study anthropology, and went to the University of Oregon.

Keywords:   anthropology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, University of Oregon, fieldwork, social stratification, school achievement, sociology, education, group major

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