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    STUDIA PHILOSOPHIA - Issue no. 1 / 2014  

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  Abstract:  This paper critically reflects on the process of pursuing autonomy through a doctorate in anthropology and the recurrent institutional obstacles in the form of bureaucratic oversight committees and departmental politics that are set against this project. I argue against these trends by drawing from my own experience by self-reflectively describing the corporate bureaucratic conformity within the discipline of anthropology and retain an ongoing commitment to the left-wing project within the discipline itself and the promise of human freedom contained within the traditions of critical knowledge.

Keywords: anthropology, ethics, universities, autonomy, bureaucracies

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