The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is the first instalment of The SAGE Handbook of the Social Sciences series and encompasses major specialities as well as key interdisciplinary themes relevant to the field. Globally, societies are facing major upheaval and change, and the social sciences are fundamental to the analysis of these issues, as well as the development of strategies for addressing them. This handbook provides a rich overview of the discipline and has a future focus whilst using international theories and examples throughout. The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is an essential resource for social scientists globally and contains a rich body of chapters on all major topics relevant to the field, whilst also presenting a possible road map for the future of the field. Part 1: Foundations; Part 2: Focal Areas; Part 3: Urgent Issues; and Part 4: Short Essays: Contemporary Critical Dynamics.
‘Engaged anthropology’ is a label that cultural anthropologists are increasingly using to describe research designed to have an impact on broad communities (see Low and Merry, 2010). An ethnographer helps prepare evidence for a land claim (see Hale, 2006; Kirsch, 2018; Povinelli, 2002). Another joins human rights activists to lobby on Capitol Hill (see Kirksey, 2012). Still another writes a popular press book in an effort to change the terms of public debate (Bakke, 2016; Zaloom, 2019). In this chapter, I consider this motley, yet compelling family of work. My aim is not simply to pick out the traits that allow us to distinguish engaged anthropology from applied anthropology. Nor is it simply to tease apart ...