1st Edition

After the Crisis Anthropological Thought, Neoliberalism and the Aftermath

Edited By James G. Carrier Copyright 2016
    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    After the Crisis: Anthropological Thought, Neoliberalism and the Aftermath offers a thought-provoking examination of the state of contemporary anthropology, identifying key issues that have confronted the discipline in recent years and linking them to neoliberalism, and suggesting how we might do things differently in the future. The first part of the volume considers how anthropology has come to resemble, as a result of the rise of postmodern and poststructural approaches in the field, key elements of neoliberalism and neoclassical economics by rejecting the idea of system in favour of individuals. It also investigates the effect of the economic crisis on funding and support for higher education and addresses the sense that anthropology has ‘lost its way’, with uncertainty over the purpose and future of the discipline. The second part of the book explores how the discipline can overcome its difficulties and place itself on a firmer foundation, suggesting ways that we can productively combine the debates of the late twentieth century with a renewed sense that people live their lives not as individuals, but as enmeshed in webs of relationship and obligation.

    Introduction – James G. Carrier  

    Part I: The Crisis

      Introduction – James G. Carrier 

     1 Anthropology in neoliberalism – James G. Carrier 

     2 Anthropology and neoliberalism – James G. Carrier 

     3 Neoliberal anthropology – James G. Carrier 

      Conclusion – James G. Carrier 

    Part II: And After

      Introduction – James G. Carrier 

     4 History, power and the rise of the United States ruling class – Michael Blim 

     5 Migration and insecurity: rethinking mobility in the neoliberal age – Jeffrey H. Cohen and Ibrahim Sirkeci 

     6 Looking for a place to stand: theory, field and holism in contemporary anthropology – Sabina Stan 

     7 Seriously enough? Describing or analysing the Native(s)’s Point of View – Eduardo Dullo 

     8 A critical anthropology for the present –
    Jeff Maskovsky and Ida Susser 

    Conclusion – Josiah Heyman 


    James G. Carrier is Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany. He is also Hon. Research Associate at Oxford Brookes University, UK, and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Indiana, USA.