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Anthropology : Why It Matters - Tim Ingold

Anthropology

Why It Matters

Paperback Published: 28th March 2018
ISBN: 9781509519804
Number Of Pages: 140

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Humanity is at a crossroads. We face mounting inequality, escalating political violence, warring fundamentalisms and an environmental crisis of planetary proportions. How can we fashion a world that has room for everyone, for generations to come? What are the possibilities, in such a world, of collective human life? These are urgent questions, and no discipline is better placed to address them than anthropology. It does so by bringing to bear the wisdom and experience of people everywhere, whatever their backgrounds and walks of life.

In this passionately argued book, Tim Ingold relates how a field of study once committed to ideals of progress collapsed amidst the ruins of war and colonialism, only to be reborn as a discipline of hope, destined to take centre stage in debating the most pressing intellectual, ethical and political issues of our time. He shows why anthropology matters to us all.

Introducing Polity’s Why It Matters series: In these short and lively books, world-leading thinkers make the case for the importance of their subjects and aim to inspire a new generation of students.

Industry Reviews

‘Ingold, one of the most original and radical thinkers alive, presents his unique vision in a crystal-clear and passionate way. The book deserves a wide readership inside and outside the discipline.’
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo

Anthropology: Why It Matters┬áis both an introduction to and a profound meditation on the classic questions of anthropology. It is a model of what I would call “companionable thinking”.’
Veena Das, Johns Hopkins University

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: On taking others seriously
  • Chapter 2: Similarity and difference
  • Chapter 3: A discipline divided
  • Chapter 4: Rethinking the social
  • Chapter 5: Anthropology for the future
  • Further reading
  • Index

ISBN: 9781509519804
ISBN-10: 1509519807
Series: Companions to Linguistics series (CLNZ)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 28th March 2018
Publisher: Polity Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 12.5  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.17

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