Public Anthropology in a Borderless World

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Sam Beck, Carl A. Maida
Berghahn Books, Jul 1, 2015 - Social Science - 412 pages

Anthropologists have acted as experts and educators on the nature and ways of life of people worldwide, working to understand the human condition in broad comparative perspective. As a discipline, anthropology has often advocated — and even defended — the cultural integrity, authenticity, and autonomy of societies across the globe. Public anthropology today carries out the discipline’s original purpose, grounding theories in lived experience and placing empirical knowledge in deeper historical and comparative frameworks. This is a vitally important kind of anthropology that has the goal of improving the modern human condition by actively engaging with people to make changes through research, education, and political action.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Coconstructing Public Knowledge and Bridging KnowledgeAction Communities Through Participatory Action Research
36
Participatory Action Research in a Museum Setting
66
Giving Voice to Environmental Justice in Pacoima
89
Chapter 4 PoliticalEthical Dilemmas Participant Observed
118
Making Ameliorating Social Inequality Our Primary Agenda
144
Chapter 6 Public Anthropology and the Transformation of Anthropological Research
162
Chapter 7 Public Anthropology and Its Reception
192
Chapter 8 Anthropology for Whom? Challenges and Prospects of Activist Scholarship
221
A Study of Aspirations to Inclusive Public Dialogues in Mexico and Its Repercussions
247
Anthropology in the Public Sphere and The Two Cultures
264
Young People and Public Action in Rio de Janeiro
286
Graffiti Transformations
314
New Housing for Amui Djor Residents
351
Index
376
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Carl A. Maida is Professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Director of the Pre-College Science Education Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. His publications include Sustainability and Communities of Place (2007) and Pathways through Crisis: Urban Risk and Public Culture (2008).

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