Why the world needs anthropologists
Edited By Dan Podjed, Meta Gorup, Pavel Borecký, Carla Guerrón Montero
November 2020, 194 pages
Why does the world need anthropology and anthropologists? This collection of essays written by prominent academic, practising and applied anthropologists aims to answer this provocative question.
In an accessible and appealing style, each author in this volume inquires about the social value and practical application of the discipline of anthropology. Contributors note that the problems the world faces at a global scale are both new and old, unique and universal, and that solving them requires the use of long-proven tools as well as innovative approaches. They highlight that using anthropology in relevant ways outside academia contributes to the development of a new paradigm in anthropology, one where the ability to collaborate across disciplinary and professional boundaries becomes both central and legitimate. Contributors provide specific suggestions to anthropologists and the public at large on practical ways to use anthropology to change the world for the better.
This one-of-a-kind volume will be of interest to fledgling and established anthropologists, social scientists and the general public.
Table of contents
Introduction: Why Does the World Need Anthropologists? Dan Podjed and Meta Gorup
Ethnography in All the Right Places Thomas Hylland Eriksen
Living in and Researching a Diverse World Lenora Bohren
What Is It Like to Be an Anthropologist? Joana Breidenbach
Anthropology in an Uncertain World Sarah Pink
Making Anthropology Relevant to Other People’s Problems Steffen Jöhncke
Searching for Variation and Complexity Tanja Winther
An Anthropologist’s Journey from the Rainforest to Solar Fields Sophie Bouly de Lesdain
Anthropologists Make Sense, Provide Insight and Co-Create Change Rikke Ulk
Open Up the Treasure of Anthropology to the World Jitske Kramer
The Practitioner’s Role of Facilitating Change Anna Kirah
Do We Really Need More Anthropologists? Riall W. Nolan
Conclusion: Back to the Future of Applied Anthropology Pavel Borecký and Carla Guerrón Montero