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.
Chapter 25: Inequality and Precarity
Inequality and Precarity
In recent years, the growing prominence of anthropological scholarship on inequality, oppression, and precarity has been widely discussed within the discipline. In a 2016 article, anthropologist Sherry Ortner described the rise of a ‘dark anthropology’ beginning in the 1990s, which ‘emphasizes the harsh and brutal dimensions of human experience, and the structural and historical conditions that produce them’ (2016: 49). According to Ortner, ‘questions of power and inequality have come to dominate the theoretical landscape’ (2016: 49). Similarly, Joel Robbins suggests that ‘the subject living in pain, in poverty, or under conditions of ...