1st Edition

Collaborations Anthropology in a Neoliberal Age

Edited By Emma Heffernan, Fiona Murphy, Jonathan Skinner Copyright 2020
    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.