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Engaged anthropology : politics beyond the text / Stuart Kirsch.

By: Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]Copyright date: ©2018Description: xv, 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cmContent type:
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
ISBN:
  • 9780520297944 (cloth)
  • 9780520297951 (pbk.)
Subject(s): Additional physical formats: Online version:: Engaged anthropologyDDC classification:
  • 323.11 23
LOC classification:
  • GN671.N5 K58 2018
Contents:
How political commitments influence research -- When contributions are elusive -- The search for alternatives -- When the intervention fails, does the research still matter? -- How analysis of local contexts can have global significance -- The risks of intervention -- Dilemmas of an expert witness.
Summary: "Does anthropology have more to offer than just its texts? In this timely and remarkable new book, Stuart Kirsch shows how anthropology can--and why it should--become more engaged with the problems of the world. Engaged Anthropology draws on the author's experiences working with indigenous peoples fighting for their environment, land rights, and political sovereignty. Including both short interventions and collaborations spanning decades, it recounts interactions with lawyers and courts, nongovernmental organizations, scientific experts, and transnational corporations. This unflinchingly honest account addresses the unexamined "backstage" of engaged anthropology. Coming at a time when some question the viability of the discipline, the message of this powerful and original work is especially welcome, as it not only promotes a new way of doing anthropology, but also compellingly articulates a new rationale for why anthropology matters."--Provided by publisher.
List(s) this item appears in: New arrivals 2023
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

How political commitments influence research -- When contributions are elusive -- The search for alternatives -- When the intervention fails, does the research still matter? -- How analysis of local contexts can have global significance -- The risks of intervention -- Dilemmas of an expert witness.

"Does anthropology have more to offer than just its texts? In this timely and remarkable new book, Stuart Kirsch shows how anthropology can--and why it should--become more engaged with the problems of the world. Engaged Anthropology draws on the author's experiences working with indigenous peoples fighting for their environment, land rights, and political sovereignty. Including both short interventions and collaborations spanning decades, it recounts interactions with lawyers and courts, nongovernmental organizations, scientific experts, and transnational corporations. This unflinchingly honest account addresses the unexamined "backstage" of engaged anthropology. Coming at a time when some question the viability of the discipline, the message of this powerful and original work is especially welcome, as it not only promotes a new way of doing anthropology, but also compellingly articulates a new rationale for why anthropology matters."--Provided by publisher.

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