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The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology

Edited by Simon Coleman, Susan B. Hyatt, Ann Kingsolver

© 2017 – Routledge

600 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology is an invaluable guide and major reference source for students and scholars alike, introducing its readers to key contemporary perspectives and approaches within the field. Written by an experienced international team of contributors, with an interdisciplinary range of essays, this collection provides a powerful overview of the transformations currently affecting anthropology. The volume both addresses the concerns of the discipline and comments on its construction through texts, classroom interactions, engagements with various publics, and changing relations with other academic subjects. Persuasively demonstrating that a number of key contemporary issues can be usefully analyzed through an anthropological lens, the contributors cover important topics such as globalization, law and politics, collaborative archaeology, economics, religion, citizenship and community, health, and the environment. The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology is a fascinating examination of this lively and constantly evolving discipline.

Table of Contents


I. Introduction

1. Introduction to an Engaging Discipline: The Challenge of Creating a Companion to Contemporary Anthropology

Simon Coleman, Susan Brin Hyatt, and Ann Kingsolver

II. Conceptualizing the Field in/of Anthropology

2. Engaging Theory in the New Millennium

Faye V. Harrison

3. Participating, Observing, Witnessing

Deborah Reed-Danahay

4. Beyond Sites and Methods: The Field, History and Global Capitalism

Patrick Neveling

5. Anthropology and the Internet

Anna Stewart

6. Hand in Hand: Homelessness, Heritage and Collaborative Approaches to the Material Past

Rachael Kiddey

7. Communicating Anthropology: Writing, Screening, and Exhibiting Culture

Paul Basu

8. Teaching Anthropological Theory in Neoliberal Times

Elizabeth Chin

III. Transforming Disciplinary Conversations

9. Doing and Being: Process, Essence and Hierarchy in Making Kin

Susan McKinnon

10. “Religion” after Religion, “Ritual” after Ritual

Jon Bialecki

11. Language, Gender, and Desire in Performance

Peter C. Haney

12. Selves and Codified Bodies

Subhadra Mitra Channa

13. Law and Politics: An Anthropological History, and Research and Practice among Vulnerable Populations

Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban

14. Objectifying Economies: Contemporary Themes in the Anthropology of Economic Knowledge and Practice

Daromir Rudnycki

15. Research, Representation, Redemption and Repatriation: Archaeology and

Community Relationships in 21st Century America

Joe Watkins

16. Critical Biocultural Anthropology: A Model for Anthropological Integration

Thomas Leatherman and Morgan Hoke

IV. Anthropology in Conversation with Other Fields

17. Anthropology and Science

Jonathan Marks

18. Joined at the Head: Anthropology, Geography and the Environment

Michael J. Watts

19. Entangled Subjects and Art Objects

Shelly Errington

20. Psychological Anthropology: An Awkward Hybrid?

Andrew Beatty

21. Whither Anthropology in Public Policy? Reflections from India

Soumendra Patnaik

22. Health and Anthropology in the Era of Anthropogenic Climatic and Environmental Change

Merrill Singer

23. Immersive Politics and the Ethnographic Encounter: Anthropology and Political Science

Joseph MacKay and Jamie Levin

24. Social Movements as Process

Marianne Maeckelbergh

25. Ethnography as Aprendizaje: Growing and Using Collaborative Knowledge with the People's Produce Project in San Diego

Anna L. Anderson-Lazo

26. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Citizenship and Migration

Mattia Fumanti

About the Editors

Simon Coleman is Chancellor Jackman Professor at the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. He was editor of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute and is currently co-editor of the journal Religion and Society: Advances in Research. He works on Pentecostalism, pilgrimage, hospital chaplaincies, and cathedrals, and has carried out fieldwork in Sweden, the U.K., and Nigeria.

Susan Hyatt is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Chair of the Anthropology Department. Her work focuses on poverty and grassroots activism in the US and the UK. She is committed to involving her students in collaborative fieldwork and in 2012 she received the IUPUI Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement.

Ann E. Kingsolver is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky. Her work as a cultural anthropologist, in ethnographic fieldwork in the U.S., Mexico, and Sri Lanka, has been focused on variously situated interpretations of, and responses to, all that gets glossed as capitalist globalization.

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Subject Categories

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