F. Allan HansonCurriculum Vitae (.pdf)
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Research Areas: Social anthropology, semiotics, social impact of technology, social theory; Polynesia, contemporary US
The primary area of my current research is the social impact of technological developments in contemporary society. I began with technologies of testing and then expanded to include information technology and new reproductive technologies. Throughout my career I have been interested in social theory and the philosophy of social science, particularly the relation between culture and the individual, the nature of anthropological understanding, and cultural relativism. My other career-long interest has been in Polynesia, particularly French Polynesia (where I did my initial fieldwork), and the New Zealand Maori. I am interested in Polynesian social organization, art, the ritual status of women, and mythology and religion.