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Author Kirsch, Stuart, author

Title Engaged anthropology : politics beyond the text / Stuart Kirsch
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
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Contents How political commitments influence research -- When contributions are elusive -- The search for alternatives -- When the intervention fails, does the research still matter? -- How analysis of local contexts can have global significance -- The risks of intervention -- Dilemmas of an expert witness
Summary "Does anthropology have more to offer than just its texts? In this timely and remarkable new 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."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Indigenous peoples -- Land tenure -- Papua New Guinea.
Indigenous peoples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Papua New Guinea.
Mineral industries -- Environmental aspects -- Papua New Guinea.
Public anthropology -- Papua New Guinea.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017048855
ISBN 0520970098 (electronic bk.)
9780520970090 (electronic bk.)