Anthropology Put to Work
How do anthropologists work today and how will they work in future? While some anthropologists have recently called for a new "public" or "engaged" anthropology, profound changes have already occurred, leading to new kinds of work for a large number of anthropologists. The image of anthropologists "reaching out" from protected academic positions to a vaguely defined "public" is out of touch with the working conditions of these anthropologists, especially those junior and untenured.
The papers in this volume show that anthropology is put to work in diverse ways today. They indicate that the new conditions of anthropological work require significant departures from canonical principles of cultural anthropology, such as replacing ethnographic rapport with multiple forms of collaboration. This volume's goal is to help graduate students and early-career scholars accept these changes without feeling something essential to anthropology has been lost. There really is no other choice for most young anthropologists.
Les Field is Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico.
Richard G. Fox is President Emeritus, Wenner-Gren Foundation and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Introduction: How Does Anthropology Work Today?, Les W. Field, University of New Mexico, USA and Richard G. Fox, University of North Carolina, USA
1. Anthropological Collaborations in Colombia, Joanne Rappaport, Georgetown University, USA
2. Gray Spaces and Endless Negotiations: Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights, Mercedes Doretti, Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) and Jennifer Burrell, SUNY at Albany, USA
3. Collaborating to Meet the Goals of a Native Sovereign Nation: The Tule River Tribal History Project, Gelya Frank, University of Southern California, USA
4. Doing Cultural Anthropology and Disability Studies in Rehabilitation Training and Research Contexts , Pamela Block, SUNY at Stony Brook
5. In Praise of "Reckless Minds": Making a Case for Activist Anthropology, Charles R. Hale, University of Texas at Austin, USA
6. What Do Indicators Indicate? Reflections on the Trials and Tribulations of Using Food Aid to Promote Development in Haiti, Drexel G. Woodson, University of Arizona, USA
7. Working Anthropology: A View from the Women's Research Arena, Linda Basch, National Council for Research on Women
8. Potential Collaborations and Disjunctures in Australian Work Sites: An Experiential Rendering, Sandy Toussaint, University of Western Australia
9. The Dilemmas of "Working" Anthropology in Twenty-first-Century India, Nandini Sundar, Delhi School of Economics, India
10. Ethnographic Alchemy: Perspectives on Anthropological Work from Northern Madagascar, Andrew Walsh, Wilfred Laurier University and University of Western Ontario, USA
11. Reflections on the Symposium, Douglas E. Foley, University of Texas at Austin
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Wenner-Gren International Symposium Series
272pp, bibliography, index
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|'An eye opener: Field, Fox and their contributors convincingly demonstrate to interested laypersons, to students, and to established academics from all fields how young anthropologists today pursue their profession in a whole range of creative new ways.'|
Andre Gingrich, University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences