Week 4: Activism, Antiracist, Decolonizing Anthropology (1)

Monday, September 20

For today, prepare:

  • Read (24 pages)
    Hale, Charles R. 2006. “Activist Research v. Cultural Critique: Indigenous Land Rights and the Contradictions of Politically Engaged Anthropology.” Cultural Anthropology 21 (1): 96–120. https://doi.org/10.1525/can.2006.21.1.96.
  • Read (16 pages + 21 pages)
    Alonso Bejarano, Carolina, Lucia López Juárez, Mirian A. Mijangos García, and Daniel M. Goldstein. 2019. Decolonizing Ethnography: Undocumented Immigrants and New Directions in Social Science. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1: Colonial Anthropology and Its Alternatives
  • Read (3 pages): 
    Schiller, Nina Glick. 2011. “Scholar/Activists and Regimes of Truth: Rethinking the Divide between Universities and the Streets.” Transforming Anthropology 19 (2): 162–64. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1548-7466.2011.01123.x.

Wednesday, September 22

For today, prepare:

  • Read (10 pages)
    Speed, Shannon. 2006. “At the Crossroads of Human Rights and Anthropology: Toward a Critically Engaged Activist Research.” American Anthropologist 108 (1): 66–76. https://doi.org/10.1525/aa.2006.108.1.66.
  • Read
    Vine, David, David N. Gellner, Mark Schuller, Alpa Shah, Chandra L. Middleton, Gwen Burnyeat, and Missy Maceyko. 2021. “Collaborative Manifesto for Political Anthropology in an Age of Crises.” Anthropology News website, July 16, 2021. https://www.anthropology-news.org/articles/collaborative-manifesto-for-political-anthropology-in-an-age-of-crises/
  • Read (15 pages)
    Harrison, Faye V. 1991. “Anthropology as an Agent of Transformation: Introductory Comments and Queries.” In Decolonizing Anthropology: Moving Further toward an Anthropology of Liberation, edited by Faye V. Harrison, 1–15. Arlington: Association of Black Anthropologists and American Anthropological Association.
  • Listen (50 min): 
    André-Johnson, Cory-Alice. 2020. “What Does Anthropology Sound Like: Activism.” AnthroPod,Fieldsights, January 20. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/what-does-anthropology-sound-like-activism 
    Transcript is on the website, further down the page.