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Engaged Anthropology

Politics beyond the Text

Stuart Kirsch


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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.  

Praise For Engaged Anthropology: Politics beyond the Text

"Engaged Anthropology is a compelling, thorough, and important contribution."
— Collaborative Anthropologies

"Dense and detailed, and at times quite personal."
— Anthropology Now

"This book is an essential resource for graduate programs, graduate students, and any scholar seeking meaningful ways to strengthen their ethnographic research."
— Journal of Anthropological Research

"A sophisticated and passionate account of anthropology put into practice in a variety of political and social contexts. . . . required reading in undergraduate and graduate courses, and for scholars working on decolonisation, Indigenous rights, collaborative anthropology, extractive capitalism, climate change and sovereignty."
— Anthropologica

"Engaged Anthropology successfully demonstrates the dynamic relationship between ethics, research, and political commitment."
— Anthropology and Humanism

University of California Press, 9780520297951, 328pp.

Publication Date: March 23, 2018

About the Author

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