Anthropological Lives: An Introduction to the Profession of Anthropology (Paperback)

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Anthropological Lives introduces readers to what it is like to be a professional anthropologist.  It focuses on the work anthropologists do, the passions they have, the way that being an anthropologist affects the kind of life they lead. The book draws heavily on the experiences of twenty anthropologists interviewed by Virginia R. Dominguez and Brigittine M. French, as well as on the experiences of the two coauthors. Many different kinds of anthropologists are represented, and the book makes a point of discussing their commonalities as well as their differences. Some of the anthropologists included work in the academy, some work outside the academy, and some work in institutions like museums. Included are cultural anthropologists, linguistic anthropologists, medical anthropologists, biological anthropologists, practicing anthropologists, and anthropological archaeologists. A fascinating look behind the curtain, the stories in Anthropological Lives will inform anyone who has ever wondered what you do with a degree in anthropology.

Anthropologists profiled: Leslie Aiello, Lee Baker, João Biehl, Tom Boellstorff, Jacqueline Comito, Shannon Dawdy, Virginia R. Dominguez, T.J. Ferguson, Brigittine French, Agustín Fuentes, Amy Goldenberg, Mary Gray, Sarah Green, Monica Heller, Douglas Hertzler, Ed Liebow, Mariano Perelman, Jeremy Sabloff, Carolyn Sargent, Marilyn Strathern, Nandini Sundar, Alaka Wali.
 

About the Author


Virginia R. Dominguez is Gutgsell Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also is co-founder and consulting director of the International Forum for U.S. Studies.
 
Brigittine M. French is Professor of Anthropology at Grinnell College in Iowa.
 

Praise For…


"This important collection of conversations with anthropologists from all parts of the discipline provides a frank and revealing picture of what it really means to pursue an anthropological life. It illustrates not just what Dominguez and French call the 'spaciousness of the discipline', but also what connects us across all the radically different applications of anthropology. Anthropological Lives should be required reading for students in the field, and for those us already established in our careers, it feels like an affirmation."

— Adam Kaul

“Lively, thought-provoking, and grounded in the lives and practices of twenty contemporary anthropologists, Anthropological Lives provides a rich and textured account of the field today. Dominguez and French have shaped an engaging and subtle account, one charting multiple sensibilities, orientations, and intellectual trajectories with insight and panache. A distinctive and stimulating work, one that conveys a remarkable feeling for the profession and its possibilities.”

— Donald Brenneis
Product Details
ISBN: 9780813597386
ISBN-10: 0813597382
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: May 15th, 2020
Pages: 200

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