Engaged Anthropology (Hardcover)

Politics beyond the Text

By Stuart Kirsch

University of California Press, 9780520297944, 328pp.

Publication Date: March 23, 2018

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Does anthropology have more to offer than just its texts? In this timely and remarkable 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.  

About the Author

Stuart Kirsch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and author of Mining Capitalism and Reverse Anthropology