This book offers a comprehensive and current look at the complex relationship between anthropology and activism. Activism has become a vibrant research topic within anthropology. Many scholars now embrace their own roles as engaged social actors, which has compelled reflexive attention to the anthropology/activism intersection and its implications. With contributions by emerging scholars as well as leading activist anthropologists, this volume illuminates the diverse ways in which the anthropology/activism relationship is being navigated. Chapters touch on key areas including environment and extraction, food sustainability and security, migration and human rights, health disparities and healthcare access, class and gender identities and empowerment, and the defense of democracy. Case studies (drawn mainly from North America) encourage readers to think through their own experiences and expectations and will serve as durable documentation of how movements develop and change. This timely survey of the activist anthropological landscape is valuable reading in an era of widely perceived ecological and political crisis, where disinterested data collection increasingly appears to be a luxury that neither the discipline nor the world can afford.

chapter |18 pages


Doing Good Anthropology

part I|64 pages

Anthropology OF Activism

chapter 1|14 pages

Environmental Justice in White Working Class Communities

A Chemosocial Perspective

chapter 2|15 pages

GMO-Free Activism in Rural Southern Oregon

Motivations, Ideologies, and Values

chapter 3|15 pages

Social Justice, Trauma-Informed Care, and “Liberation Acupuncture”

Exploring the Activism of the Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture

part II|63 pages

Anthropology AS Activism

chapter 5|13 pages

All I Can Do

Why Activists (and Anthropologists) Act

chapter 6|16 pages

In Our Own Backyard

Navigating Research and Activism in Southeast Florida

chapter 7|14 pages

“I’d Never Thought about This Before”

Anthropology of Cross-Disability Activism as Activism

chapter 8|15 pages

“You Must Tell Our Stories!”

Moving Toward Applied Anthropology and Beyond in the Groningen Gas Field

part III|63 pages

Anthropology AND Activism

chapter 9|11 pages

We Are Tired of Telling Our Stories

Finding Our “Situated Usefulness” Through Activism in Anthropology

chapter 10|15 pages

Anthropology and Conflict Transformation

Promises and Dilemmas of Worldview Translation

chapter 12|15 pages

Academic and Activist Collaboration in Turbulent Times

Responding to Immigrant Policing in Central Florida

chapter |5 pages