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Anthropologies and Futures
Researching Emerging and Uncertain Worlds

ISBN 9781474264877
Published May 4, 2017 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Anthropology has a critical, practical role to play in contemporary debates about futures. This game-changing new book presents new ways of conceptualising how to engage with a future-oriented research agenda, demonstrating how anthropologists can approach futures both theoretically and practically, and introducing a set of innovative research methods to tackle this field of research.Anthropology and Futures brings together a group of leading scholars from across the world, including Sarah Pink, Rayna Rapp, Faye Ginsburg and Paul Stoller. Firmly grounded in ethnographic fieldwork experience, the book’s fifteen chapters traverse ethnographies with people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda, disability activists in the U.S., young Muslim women in Copenhagen, refugees in Milan, future-makers in Barcelona, planning and land futures in the UK, the design of workspaces in Melbourne, rewilding in the French Pyrenees, and speculative ethnographies among emerging communities in Antarctica. Taking a strong interdisciplinary approach, the authors respond to growing interest in the topic of futures in anthropology and beyond. This ground-breaking text is a call for more engaged, interventional and applied anthropologies. It is essential reading for students and researchers in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, design and research methods.

Table of Contents

List of FiguresAcknowledgments Notes on Contributors 1. A Manifesto for Future Anthropologies EASA Future Anthropologies Network 2. Anthropology and Futures: Setting the Agenda Sarah Pink, RMIT, Australia and Juan Francisco Salazar, University of Western Sydney, Australia 3. The Art of Turning Left and RightAndrew Irving, University of Manchester, UK 4. Cripping the Future: Making Disability CountFaye Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp, New York University, USA 5. Contemporary Obsessions with Time and the Promise of the FutureSimone Abram, Durham University, UK 6. Pyrenean Rewilding and Colliding Ontological Landscapes: A Future(s) Dwelt-in Ethnographic ApproachAnthony Knight, University of Kent, UK 7. Digital Technologies, Dreams and Disconcertment in Anthropological World-MakingKaren Waltorp, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 8. Future in the Ethnographic WorldDébora Lanzeni and Elisenda Ardèvol, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain 9. Researching Future as an Alterity of the PresentSarah Pink, Yoko Akama and Annie Fergusson, RMIT, Australia 10. Speculative Fabulation: Modes for Researching Worlds to Come in AntarcticaJuan Francisco Salazar, University of Western Sydney, Australia 11. Ethno Science Fiction: Projective Improvisations of Future Scenarios and Environmental Threats in the Everyday Life of British YouthJohannes Sjöberg, University of Manchester, UK 12.Reaching for the Horizon: Exploring Existential Possibilities of Migration and Movement within the Past-Present-Future through Participatory Animation Alexandra D'Onofrio, University of Manchester, UK 13. Agency and Dramatic Storytelling: Roving through Pasts, Presents and FuturesMagdalena Kazubowski-Houston, York University, Canada 14. Remix as a Literacy for Future Anthropology Practice Annette N. Markham, Aarhus University, Denmark Afterword: Flying toward the Future on the Wings of Wind Paul Stoller, West Chester University, USA Index

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Juan Francisco Salazar is Associate Professor in Media and Cultural Studies at Western Sydney University, AustraliaSarah Pink is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University, AustraliaAndrew Irving is Director of the Granada Centre of Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, UKJohannes Sjöberg is Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Manchester, UK


"This collection is the clearest articulation yet of a future-oriented practice for anthropology. It attempts nothing less than a re-centering of anthropology along future temporalities, opening up the field to new dimensions of public engagement by sketching the contours of a fieldwork-based practice centered on emergence, possibility and, ultimately, on the hope for better lives for people in the communities where we work. - Samuel Gerald Collins, Towson University, USA Anthropologies and Futures gathers a plethora of innovative perspectives and practices that brilliantly explore how the ethnographic can creatively and critically engage with the yet-to-come. This is an agenda-setting volume that by placing ‘futures’ at the heart of methodological engagement, re-configures the analytic, ethical and political landscapes of anthropology and beyond. - Mike Michael, University of Exeter, UK This book aims to put ethnography and anthropology at the heart of futures study right where they should be. Humans tend to be future-oriented in a social, but not uniform manner; the future is a site of struggle. This is a book which should make readers think and feel. Naturally, you will sometimes disagree with the positions taken, but if ever I met a book I'd like to be an author in, it would be this one. - Jonathan Paul Marshall, University of Technology Sydney, Australia"