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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Publication details for Professor Simone Abram

Pink, S. & Abram, S. (2015). Media, Anthropology and Public Engagement. Oxford: Berghahn.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

Media, Anthropology and Public Engagement looks at how changing public
media and arts practices are enabling the emergence of a new public
anthropology. In doing so, we address a set of key questions about anthropology’s
public role. Each of the key terms in this phrase – public, anthropology,
media, engagement – needs to be considered, since each has
multiple referents and contested meanings. In this introduction, we set
out the premises for understanding what an engaged anthropology can
be, and how new media can be put to work to broad eff ect. The chapters
in this collection demonstrate which questions must be asked, and how
they can be addressed in practical terms as well as through intellectual
argument, and illustrate how initiatives by a range of anthropologists in
diff erent (largely anglophone) countries have adopted media into their
practices.