1st Edition

Anthropological Perspectives on Global Challenges

Edited By Emma Gilberthorpe Copyright 2024
    232 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume offers a snapshot of anthropological perspectives on global challenges. Whilst it could not hope to represent the full scope of anthropological perspectives, those that are presented highlight some of the critical flaws embedded in such an all-encompassing notion. The contributors reveal the possibilities of reimagining the ways in which ‘challenges’ are understood and addressed and demonstrate how a combination of deep understanding of the past and collaboration, cooperation and inclusive dialogue about the future, can improve the chances of positive action. The collection thus not only shows us that perspectives must change, but also how that change might be realised. Whilst the chapters are authored solely by anthropologists, this book is not solely for anthropologists. The book is illustrative of the practical and theoretical insights that anthropology can offer those individuals, teams, and policy- and decision-makers engaged in research, mitigation and/or intervention practices in relation to the global challenges. Beyond academia, it contributes to broader understandings of the challenges we collectively face at this point in time and how we might collectively and effectively address them.


    Emma Gilberthorpe 

    1 Anthropology and development in the era of the ‘neo-liberal entrepreneurial university’

    Katy Gardner

    2 It takes a village: the learning environment, Amerindian relations and poor pedagogy for today’s entangled challenges 

    Elizabeth Rahmen and Françoise Barbira Freedman

    3 Perspectivity and anthropological engagements in heritage-making: Challenges from the Humboldt Forum, Berlin

    Sharon Macdonald

    4 A perspective through trees: anthropology, development and documentation

    Lissant Bolton

    5 Mining companies as trustees of society in Colombia: company and community ambiguities

    Line Jespersgaard Jacobsen

    6 Alternate service providers: Traditional healers for social change in tribal communities of odisha

    Monika Oledzka Nielsen, Siddartha Shrestha and Lopamudra Tripathy

    7 Reflections on Open Dialogue in mental health clinical and ethnographic practice

    David Mosse

    8 Jeopardised futures: Scanning the horizon in a changing climate

    Aet Annist, Joonas Plaan, Noah Walker-Crawford, Bianka Plüschke-Altof and Alexander Horstmann

    9 Mrs Rollison stops a deportation: The discourse of care in Poland in the 2010s

    Dominika Michalak


    John Gledhill


    Emma Gilberthorpe is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of East Anglia, UK.