Critical Essays in Anthropological History and Theory
Goal: Animated by over thirty years of research, writing, and interventions in the field, this project examines the current state of anthropology within wider ecosystems of knowledge, ethics, and politics. The project explores both key dilemmas within anthropology, and the ways in which anthropological modes of knowing and being in the world offer valuable means for understanding, and acting upon, our complicated and often fraught lived realities.
The project takes up the central problems for the discipline of anthropology from a critical, but ultimately sanguine, perspective. Despite recent iterations of longer standing calls to replace or retire anthropology from the canon of social and human sciences, the project argues that these expressions of disciplinary malaise, which have become sharper within current academic politics, fail to appreciate the vitality and incomparability of anthropology as a domain whose inconsistencies and epistemological ambiguities mirror those of everyday life itself.