Why The World Needs Anthropologists

Why the World Needs Anthropologists.pngDan Podjed, Meta Gorup, Pavel Borecký, Carla Guerrón Montero
Routledge, 2020

Why does the world need anthropology and anthropologists? This collection of essays written by prominent academic anthropologists, practicing anthropologists and applied anthropologists aims to answer this provocative question.

In an accessible and appealing style, each author in this volume enquires 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 the 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. The official launch of Why the World Needs Anthropologists will take place during the digital version of the 8thInternational Symposium Why the World Needs Anthropologists on October 16-17, 2020:


Contributors (in alphabetic order):

Lenora Bohren, Senior Research Scientist and Director, National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety, Colorado State University, the United States.

Pavel Borecký, PhD Candidate, University of Bern, Switzerland.

Sophie Bouly de Lesdain, Anthropologist and Expert Researcher, Electricité de France.

Joana Breidenbach, Co-founder, betterplace.org, betterplace lab and Das Dach, Germany.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor, University of Oslo, Norway.

Meta Gorup, PhD Candidate, Ghent University, Belgium.

Carla Guerrón Montero, Professor, University of Delaware, the United States.

Steffen Jöhncke, Senior Lecturer, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Anna Kirah, Founder and Director, Kirah Co, Norway.

Jitske Kramer, Founder, HumanDimensions, the Netherlands.

Riall W. Nolan, Professor, Purdue University, the United States.

Sarah Pink, Professor and Director, Emerging Technologies Lab, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Dan Podjed, Research Fellow, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia.

Rikke Ulk, Founder and Director, Antropologerne, Denmark.

Tanja Winther, Professor, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway.

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