Gavin Smith contributed to Fashioning the Frame from Berg Publishers.
Confronting the Present: Towards a Politically Engaged Anthropologyby Gavin Smith
Anthropologists study other people and worry about it. In the past this took the form of a professional desire to make our politics always somewhere else and to do with persons characterized as in some way different from ourselves. This book examines these concerns in light of the author's shift from the study of rather distant people to people and places closer to home - a trend to be found within the discipline as a whole. How should anthropology respond to this change, as it increasingly finds itself in stamping grounds where other disciplines are already well-entrenched? This timely book aims to initiate a dialogue not only with anthropologists, but also with those in related disciplines such as geography, economics, history and sociology.
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