Why Anthropologists Don’t Reach the Public: A Rumination on Books of Thomas Hylland Eriksen
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AbstractI have been asked in this essay to review two recent books of Thomas Hylland Eriksen and to place them in the context of contemporary debates in anthropology. The first two sections of this review essay discuss the recent Eriksen book Overheating, and the co-edited book Identity Destabilised, outlining the books’ core arguments. Bracketing these reviews, the essay examines the larger issue of anthropologists and the general public. It asks, now that many anthropologists have realised the importance of reaching a larger audience, why are they not being more widely read? It considers various reasons for this, and suggests that since the most fundamental ideas of the discipline have been superseded by more sophisticated and diverse modes of analysis, anthropological explications of the world may no longer have much appeal to a larger audience.
Acceptance Date10/07/2018
All Author(s) ListMathews Gordon
Journal nameAnthropological Forum
Volume Number29
Issue Number2
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationLondon
Pages172 - 184
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsOverheating; identity
destabilised; Thomas Hylland
Eriksen; anthropological
writing; anthropology and
the public

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