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October Publication: Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas, the second Current Anthropology issue of the Wenner-Gren Symposium Series

CA CoverThe Wenner-Gren Symposium Series is now being published through Current Anthropology. The series had been with Berg Publishers (Oxford) since 2002. The current venture permits specific articles from the Wenner-Gren symposia to be widely available through the internet and ensures that their content and discussions can reach a worldwide audience. The second issue, Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas edited by Setha Low and Sally Merry is already available online and the print edition will be mailed out alongside the October 2010 issue of Current Anthropology. The volume is the outcome of the Wenner-Gren Workshop: The Anthropologist as Social Critic: Working Toward a More Engaged Anthropology held at the Foundation Offices Jan 22-25th, 2008. 


The next volume in the Symposium Series will be : Corporate Lives: New Perspectives on the Social Life of the Corporate Form. Edited by  Damani Partridge, Marina Welker and Rebecca Hardin. This will be mailed out alongside the April 2011 regular Current Anthropology issue




 Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas 

Guest Edited by Setha M. Low (CUNY) and Sally Engle Merry (NYU)
Current Anthropology  Volume 51, Supplement 2,  October 2010

As a discipline, anthropology has increased its public visibility in recent years with its growing focus on engagement.  Although the call for engagement has elicited responses in all sub-fields and around the world, this special issue focuses on engaged anthropology and the dilemmas it raises in US cultural and practicing anthropology.   Within this field, the contributors distinguish a number of forms of engagement: 1) sharing and support, 2) teaching and public education, 3) social critique, 4) collaboration, 5) advocacy and 6) activism.  They show that engagement takes place during fieldwork, through applied practice, and as individual activists work in the context of war, terrorism, environmental injustice, human rights, and violence. A close examination of the history of engaged anthropology in the US reveals an enduring set of dilemmas, many of which persist in contemporary anthropological practice. The articles in this collection document the striking growth of an engaged anthropology along with continuing ambivalence and uncertainty about its practice.


Leslie C. Aiello  Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas: Wenner-Gren Symposium, Supplement 2
Setha M. Low and Sally Engle Merry Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas: An Introduction to Supplement 2
Ida Susser The Anthropologist as Social Critic: Working toward a More Engaged Anthropology
Barbara Rose Johnston Social Responsibility and the Anthropological Citizen
Norma Gonzalez Advocacy Anthropology and Education: Working through the Binaries
Michael Herzfeld Engagement, Gentrification, and the Neoliberal Hijacking of History
Signe Howell Norwegian Academic Anthropologists in Public Spaces
John L. Jackson Jr.On Ethnographic Sincerity
Jonathan Spencer The Perils of Engagement: A Space for Anthropology in the Age of Security
Kamari M. Clarke Toward a Critically Engaged Ethnographic Practice
Kamran Asdar Ali Voicing Difference: Gender and Civic Engagement among Karachi’s Poor
Alan Smart Tactful Criticism in Hong Kong: The Colonial Past and Engaging with the Present

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