Collaborations responds to the growing pressure on the humanities and social sciences to justify their impact and utility after cuts in public spending, and the introduction of neoliberal values into academia. Arguing ‘in defense of’ anthropology, the editors demonstrate the continued importance of the discipline and reveal how it contributes towards solving major problems in contemporary society. They also illustrate how anthropology can not only survive but thrive under these conditions.  Moreover, Collaborations shows that collaboration with other disciplines is the key to anthropology’s long-term sustainability and survival, and explores the challenges that interdisciplinary work presents. 

The book is divided into two parts: Anthropology and Academia, and Anthropology in Practice. The first part features examples from anthropologists working in academic settings which range from the life, behavioural and social sciences to the humanities, arts and business. The second part highlights detailed ethnographic contributions on topics such as peace negotiations, asylum seekers, prostitution and autism. Collaborations is an important read for students, scholars and professional and applied anthropologists as it explores how anthropology can remain relevant in the contemporary world and how to prevent it from becoming an increasingly isolated and marginalized discipline.

chapter |20 pages


ByEmma Heffernan, Fiona Murphy, Jonathan Skinner

part Part One|126 pages

Anthropology and Academia

part Part Two|118 pages

Anthropology in/of Practice

chapter 8|23 pages

Anthropology and Architecture: Motives and Ethics in Creating Knowledge

ByAnne Sigfrid Grønseth, Eli Støa

chapter 10|16 pages

Anthropology and Peace Making

ByColin Irwin

chapter 12|14 pages

For Christ and State: Collaboration, EJK, and the Communal Subject

ByScott MacLochlainn