[Book] An anthropology of futures and technology

An Anthropology of Futures and Technologies
Edited By Dèbora Lanzeni, Karen Waltorp, Sarah Pink, Rachel Charlotte Smith
Published by Routledge
December 30, 2022, 192 pages

This book examines emerging automated technologies and systems and the increasingly prominent roles that each plays in our lives and our imagined futures. It asks how technological futures are being constituted and the roles anthropologists can play in their making; how anthropologists engage with emerging technologies within their fieldwork contexts in research which seeks to influence future design; how to create critical and interventional approaches to technology design and innovation; and how a critical anthropology of the way that emerging technologies are experienced in everyday life circumstances offers new insights for future-making practices. In pursuing these questions, this book responds to a call for new anthropologies that respond to the current and emerging technological environments in which we live, environments for which thinking critically about the possible, plausible, and impossible futures are no longer sufficient. Taking the next step, this book asserts that anthropology must now propose alternative ways, rooted in ethnography, to approach and engage with what is coming and to contest dominant narratives of industry, policy, and government, and to respond to our contemporary context through a public, vocal, and interventional approach.

Débora Lanzeni is Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia.
Karen Waltorp is Associate Professor – Promotion Program, Department of Anthropology at University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Sarah Pink is Professor at Monash University, Australia.
Rachel C. Smith is Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark