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1st Edition

Anthropology in a Neoliberal Age

ISBN 9780367562793
Published April 29, 2022 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

Collaborations responds to the growing pressure on the humanities and social sciences to justify their impact and utility after cuts in public spending, and the introduction of neoliberal values into academia. Arguing ‘in defense of’ anthropology, the editors demonstrate the continued importance of the discipline and reveal how it contributes towards solving major problems in contemporary society. They also illustrate how anthropology can not only survive but thrive under these conditions.  Moreover, Collaborations shows that collaboration with other disciplines is the key to anthropology’s long-term sustainability and survival, and explores the challenges that interdisciplinary work presents. 

The book is divided into two parts: Anthropology and Academia, and Anthropology in Practice. The first part features examples from anthropologists working in academic settings which range from the life, behavioural and social sciences to the humanities, arts and business. The second part highlights detailed ethnographic contributions on topics such as peace negotiations, asylum seekers, prostitution and autism. Collaborations is an important read for students, scholars and professional and applied anthropologists as it explores how anthropology can remain relevant in the contemporary world and how to prevent it from becoming an increasingly isolated and marginalized discipline.

Table of Contents


Jonathan Skinner


Emma Heffernan, Fiona Murphy and Jonathan Skinner 

Part 1: Anthropology and Academia 

1. Symbiotic or Parasitic? Universities, Academic Capitalism and the Global Knowledge Economy

Chris Shore 

2. Leave a Light On For Us: The Future of a Collaborative Anthropology in the Neoliberal University

Fiona Murphy  

3. Most Humanistic, Most Scientific: Experiencing Anthropology in the Humanities and Life Sciences

Jonathan Skinner

4. Polyphony for the Ivory Tower Blues: Critical Pedagogies in Graduate Professional Development

Tracey Heatherington

5. Symbiosis or Entrepreneurialism? Ambivalent Anthropologies in the Age of the (Neo)Liberal Arts

Carolyn Hough and Adam Kaul

6. Matters of Anthropology and Social Justice: Reflections on Collaborations

Alisse Waterston

Part 2: Anthropology in/of Practice 

7. Anthropology, Art and Design as Collaborative Agents of Change for a Sustainable Future: The Give a Shit Project as Case Study

Laura Korčulanin

8. Anthropology and Architecture: Motives and Ethics in Creating Knowledge

Anne Sigfrid Gronseth and Eli Stoa

9. Collaboration in Crisis: Towards a Holistic Approach to Health and Social Care Supports for Vulnerable Populations

Emma Heffernan

10. Anthropology and Peace Making

Colin Irwin

11. More Than a Matter of Proportion: A Critical Consideration of Anthropology’s Role in Peace and Conflict Studies

Philipp Lottholz

12. For Christ and State: Collaboration, EJK, and the Communal Subject

Scott MacLochlainn

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Emma Heffernan is Clinical Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Fiona Murphy is Research Fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

Jonathan Skinner is Reader in Anthropology at the University of Roehampton, UK.