Engaged Anthropology: Politics beyond the Text


Engaged Anthropology - Kirsch


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August 4, 2018

Critical Commentary

Stuart Kirsch's third book, Engaged Anthropology: Politics beyond the Text (University of California Press, 2018), is based on his experience as an engaged anthropologist throughout his work with the Yonggom people of New Guinea.

From the publisher:

"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."


Kirsch, Stuart. 2018. Engaged Anthropology: Politics beyond the Text. University of California Press. https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520297951/engaged-anthropology



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