Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.

Activist Media Anthropology: Antidote to Extremist Worldviews

Activist media anthropology: Antidote to extremist worldviews
Susan L.Allen

At this writing, I am 35 years older than I was when, as an anthropology student, I so innocently wondered why anthropologists and journalists did not provide combined training for those of us wanting to work in public education. The impulse to share anthropology's enlightening and grounding insights—about holism and whole-system perspectives, about connectedness and the interdependence of the earth and its creatures, about the twin survival requirements of diversity and commonality—seemed so sensible to me. In fact, I have pursued this bridging work throughout my professional life.

In Media Anthropology: Informing Global Citizens (1994), I speculated that perhaps those of us who were learning to see anthropology's holistic principles applied to ...

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