Contemporary anthropology has changed drastically in the new millennium, expanding beyond the anachronistic study of "primitive" societies to confront the burning social, economic, and political challenges of the day. In the process, anthropologists often come face to face with issues that require them to take a public position-issues such as race and tolerance, health and well-being, food security, reconciliation and public justice, global terror and militarism, and digital media This comprehensive but accessible book is both an interesting read and an excellent overview of public anthropology. In-depth case studies offer an opportunity to evaluate the pros and cons of engaging with public issues, while profiles of select anthropologists ensure the book is contemporary, but rooted in the history of the discipline.
Edward J. Hedican is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Guelph. He has been teaching and researching anthropology for over 30 years and is the author of several books, including Ipperwash: The Tragic Failure of Canada's Aboriginal Policy (2013) and Applied Anthropology in Canada: Understanding Aboriginal Issues (2008).
Illustrations Preface 1. Introduction: Engaging Social Issues 2. What is Public Anthropology? 3. Race, Science, and the Public Forum 4. Jared Diamond: Social Darwinism Revisited 5. Health, Well-Being, and Food Security 6. Forensic Anthropology 7. Resistance, Reconciliation, and Public Justice 8. Global Terror, Militarism, and Counterinsurgency 9. Media, the Internet, and Our Global Village 10. Trends and Prospects Glossary References Index