Varieties of Public Anthropology
Posted by dlende on June 27, 2009
So I wrote an overview of Rob Borofsky’s efforts in Public Anthropology the other day. But there are plenty of other varieties of public anthropology.
So here’s a quick guide to some that I’ve found in the form of blogs, associations and communities, some literature that you can access online, and graduate programs with a public anthro emphasis. It’s a US emphasis, as that is what I am most familiar with – though I really wish it could be more international. Feel free to comment to add more!
Society for Applied Anthropology – Podcasts
See in particular the podcast from this session, Public Anthropology, Applied Anthropology and Ethically Engaged Ethnographic Writing.
Savage Minds, the leading cultural anthropology blog, has a whole “public anthropology” category, which contains all their relevant posts.
Digital Ethnography – Michael Wesch does public anthropology on YouTube and more.
On the Human – While more than just anthropology, this project engages the question of what it means to be human, with a particular focus on the issue of “human singularity.” Offers posts, resources and more.
I could go on as I consider most blogs as an explicit form of public anthropology. But I’ll stop here and direct you to two ways to explore more. First, our Best of Anthro 2008 Initiative gives you public anthropology on the internet – a collection of the best and most popular anthropology writing and blogging of 2008.
Second, you can check out this “Public Anthropology” Google Blog Search.
Associations & Communities
The American Anthropological Association has a Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology
Open Anthropology Cooperative. Join the global ground-up online association over at Ning.
If you want more anthro online, check out our round up on anthropology and social networking.
Articles & More
Call for Public Anthropology Reviews in the American Anthropologist
Wikipedia has a public anthropology entry
2006 chapter on Public Anthropology by Carole McGranahan
Louise Lamphere 2004 article, Convergence of Applied, Practicing, and Public Anthropology in the 21st Century
Book review of some recent public anthro titles, including Why America’s Top Pundits Are Wrong
Anthropology Matters journal
Public Anthropology – A Personal Perspective by Rob Borofsky
Public Anthro Syllabus by Nancy Scheper-Hughes
For more (pdfs all), see this search for “public anthropology” on Scribd
For more, see the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs.