Anthropological Lives introduces readers to what it is like to be a professional anthropologist. It focuses on the work anthropologists do, the passions they have, the way that being an anthropologist affects the kind of life they lead. The book draws heavily on the experiences of twenty anthropologists interviewed by Virginia R. Dominguez and Brigittine M. French, as well as on the experiences of the two coauthors. Many different kinds of anthropologists are represented, and the book makes a point of discussing their commonalities as well as their differences. Some of the anthropologists included work in the academy, some work outside the academy, and some work in institutions like museums. Included are cultural anthropologists, linguistic anthropologists, medical anthropologists, biological anthropologists, practicing anthropologists, and anthropological archaeologists. A fascinating look behind the curtain, the stories in Anthropological Lives will inform anyone who has ever wondered what you do with a degree in anthropology.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Number of pages: 202
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"This important collection of conversations with anthropologists from all parts of the discipline provides a frank and revealing picture of what it really means to pursue an anthropological life. It illustrates not just what Dominguez and French call the 'spaciousness of the discipline', but also what connects us across all the radically different applications of anthropology. Anthropological Lives should be required reading for students in the field, and for those us already established in our careers, it feels like an affirmation."--Adam Kaul "co-editor of Leisure and Death: An Anthropological Tour of Risk, Death, and Dying "
"Lively, thought-provoking, and grounded in the lives and practices of twenty contemporary anthropologists, Anthropological Lives provides a rich and textured account of the field today. Dominguez and French have shaped an engaging and subtle account, one charting multiple sensibilities, orientations, and intellectual trajectories with insight and panache. A distinctive and stimulating work, one that conveys a remarkable feeling for the profession and its possibilities."--Donald Brenneis "co-editor of The Matrix of Language "