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Exotic No More, Second Edition

Anthropology for the Contemporary World

Second Edition

In this new edition of the anthropological classic Exotic No More, some of today’s most respected anthropologists demonstrate the tremendous contributions that anthropological theory and ethnographic methods can make to the study of contemporary society. With chapters covering a wide variety of subjects—the economy, religion, the sciences, gender and sexuality, human rights, music and art, tourism, migration, and the internet—this volume shows how anthropologists grapple with a world that is in constant and accelerating transformation. Each contributor uses examples from their adventurous fieldwork to challenge us to rethink some of our most firmly held notions. This fully updated edition reflects the best that anthropology has to offer in the twenty-first century. The result is both an invaluable introduction to the field for students and a landmark achievement that will set the agenda for critical approaches to the study of contemporary life.

Contributors:Ruben Andersson, Philippe Bourgois, Catherine Buerger, James G. Carrier, Marcus Colchester, James Fairhead, Kim Fortun, Mike Fortun, Katy Gardner, Faye Ginsburg, Roberto J. González, Tom Griffiths, Chris Hann, Susan Harding, Faye V. Harrison, Laurie Kain Hart, Richard Jenkins, George Karandinos, Christopher M. Kelty, Melissa Leach, Margaret Lock, Jeremy MacClancy, Sally Engle Merry, Fernando Montero, Matt Sakakeeny, Anthony Alan Shelton, Christopher B. Steiner, Richard Ashby Wilson

408 pages | 26 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2019

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology


"This second edition reviews more than 20 topics central to contemporary anthropology, ranging from religion and museums to studies of science and indigenous rights. Compared to its predecessor, there is a significant amount of new material and several new themes are addressed. More than anything this speaks to the radical transformations that the field has experienced over the past two decades...Overall, this volume shows the public value of anthropology as an intellectual engagement with contemporary social problems, pointing to the importance of anthropological fieldwork in unsettling cultural prejudices."


*Top Ten Books of Everyday Social Anthropology*
"This readable compendium, edited by a leading British anthropologist, manages to be accessible and wide-ranging. . . . forget the old cliches about academics who act like Indiana Jones; the discipline today is modern, vital, relevant – and badly needed."

The Guardian

Table of Contents

Introduction. Taking People Seriously
Jeremy MacClancy

1. Coming of Age in the Concrete Killing Fields of the US Inner City
Philippe Bourgois, Laurie Kain Hart, George Karandinos, and Fernando Montero

2. Religion: It’s Not What It Used to Be
Susan Harding

3. Gender and Sexuality
Sally Engle Merry

4. Unraveling “Race” for the Twenty-First Century
Faye V. Harrison

5. Imagined but Not Imaginary: Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Early Twenty-First Century
Richard Jenkins

6. Socialism: Ethics, Ideologies, and Outcomes
Chris Hann

7. Economy
James G. Carrier

8. Anthropology, Terrorism, and Counterterrorism
Roberto J. González

9. The Anthropological Borderlands of Global Migration
Ruben Andersson

10. Anthropology and Development
Katy Gardner

11. Environment and Anthropology: Socio-natures in a Politicized Anthropocene
James Fairhead and Melissa Leach

12. Toxic Life in the Anthropocene
Margaret Lock

13. Anthropologies of the Sciences: Thinking across Strata
Mike Fortun and Kim Fortun

14. Every Era Gets the Internet It Deserves (or, the Phases of Hacking)
Christopher Kelty

15. The Practice of Human Rights
Catherine Buerger and Richard Ashby Wilson

16. Anthropology and the Right to Self-Determination of Forest Peoples
Marcus Colchester and Tom Griffiths

17. Anthropology/Media
Faye Ginsburg

18. Reading Time: An Anthropology of Clocks in the History of Photography
Christopher B. Steiner

19. Critical Anthropologies and the Resurgence of Culture Museums: Alternative Histories
Anthony Alan Shelton

20. Paradise Postponed: The Predicaments of Tourism
Jeremy MacClancy

21. Resounding Power: Politicizing the Anthropology of Music
Matt Sakakeeny

List of Contributors

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