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Anthropology and Activism

New Contexts, New Conversations, 1st Edition

Edited by Anna J Willow, Kelly A Yotebieng


256 pages

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This book offers a comprehensive and current look at the complex relationship between anthropology and activism. Activism has become a vibrant research topic within anthropology and many scholars now embrace their own roles as engaged social actors, which has compelled reflexive attention to the anthropology/activism intersection and its implications. With contributions by emerging scholars as well as leading activist anthropologists, this volume illuminates the diverse ways in which the anthropology/activism relationship is being navigated. Chapters touch on key areas including environment and extraction, food sustainability and security, migration and human rights, health disparities and healthcare access, class and gender identities and empowerment, and the defense of democracy. Case studies (drawn mainly from North America) encourage readers to think through their own experiences and expectations and will serve as durable documentation of how movements develop and change. This timely survey of the activist anthropological landscape is valuable reading in an era of widely perceived ecological and political crisis, where disinterested data collection increasingly appears to be a luxury that neither the discipline nor the world can afford.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Doing Good Anthropology

Anna J. Willow and Kelly A. Yotebieng

Part One: Anthropology OF Activism

1. Environmental Justice in White Working-Class Communities: A Chemo-Social Perspective

Richard Bargielski

2. GMO-Free Activism in Rural Southern Oregon: Motivations, Ideologies, and Values

Rebecka Daye

3. Social Justice, Trauma-Informed Care, and "Liberation Acupuncture": Exploring the Activism of the Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture

Suzanne Morrissey and Olivia Hagmann

4. Engaged Ethnography in a Resident-Activist Environmental Justice Community

Michael Still

Comments on Anthropology OF Activism

Dana E. Powell

Part Two: Anthropology AS Activism

5. All I Can Do: Why Activists (and Anthropologists) Act

Anna J. Willow

6. In Our Own Backyard: Navigating Research and Activism in Southeast Florida

Eileen Smith-Cavros and Patricia Widener

7. "I’d Never Thought about This Before": Anthropology of Cross-Disability Activism as Activism

Sarah Elizabeth Morrow, Elizabeth A. Winter, and Jodi A. Allison

8. "You Must Tell Our Stories!": Moving Toward Applied Anthropology and Beyond in the Groningen Gas Field

Elisabeth N. Moolenaar

Comments on Anthropology AS Activism

Barbara Rose Johnston

Part Three: Anthropology AND Activism

9. We are Tired of Telling Our Stories: Finding Our "Situated Usefulness" Through Activism in Anthropology

Kelly A. Yotebieng

10. Anthropology and Conflict Transformation: Promises and Dilemmas of Worldview Translation

Brenda Fitzpatrick

11. Challenges of "Communiversity" Organizing in Trumplandia

Mark Schuller

12. Academic and Activist Collaboration in Turbulent Times: Responding to Immigrant Policing in Central Florida

Nolan Kline, Mary Vickers, Jeannie Economos, and Chris Furino

Comments on Anthropology AND Activism

Shirley J. Fiske


Stephen L. Schensul

About the Editors

Anna J. Willow is a Professor of Anthropology at the Ohio State University, USA. Her recent books include ExtrACTION: Impacts, Engagements, and Alternative Futures (2017, co-edited with Kirk Jalbert, David Casagrande, and Stephanie Paladino) and Understanding ExtrACTIVISM: Culture and Power in Natural Resource Disputes (2018).

Kelly A. Yotebieng completed her PhD in the Ohio State University’s Department of Anthropology. She currently consults full-time with the World Bank and various UN agencies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General