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Engaged Anthropology

Views from Scandinavia

  • Tone Bringa
  • Synnøve Bendixsen

Part of the Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference book series (ATSIAD)

About this book


In this volume, leading public anthropologists examine paths towards public engagement and discuss their experiences with engaged anthropology in arenas such as the media, international organizations, courtrooms, and halls of government, on topics ranging from migration to cultural understanding, justice, development aid, ethnic conflict, war, and climate change. Using hands-on experiences and case studies, this book illustrates the potential efficacy of an anthropology that engages with critical social and political issues.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tone Bringa
    • 1
  • Synnøve Bendixsen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.University of BergenBergenNorway

About the editors

Tone Bringa is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway. Her research interests are in political anthropology and include such themes as ethnic conflict and co-existence, practiced Islam, post-socialist society, and state-collapse.

Synnøve Bendixsen is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway. Her research interests include irregular migration, political mobilization, Islam and Muslims in Europe, religiosity, and urban anthropology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Engaged Anthropology
  • Book Subtitle Views from Scandinavia
  • Editors Tone Bringa
    Synnøve Bendixsen
  • Series Title Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference
  • Series Abbreviated Title Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-40483-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82115-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-40484-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 190
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Anthropology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Engaged Anthropology demonstrates both the enduring value of anthropological engagements outside the academy and the capacity of the discipline to inform the public about some of the most pressing social and political issues of our time. The critical perspectives advanced by anthropologists on matters as diverse as immigration policy, humanitarian assistance and political conflict bring a fresh voice to public debates and represent a new way of thinking about global complexity. I recommend this excellent collection to all those interested in exploring anthropology’s potential as a moral and empirical social science discipline led by public intellectuals.” (Richard Ashby Wilson, Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of Connecticut, USA)

“This well-curated volume offers an enlightening and inspiring mix of reflections on the ethical and political challenges of engaged anthropology by leading Scandinavian ethnographers. It is a welcome addition to the emerging literature on anthropology's impact in the world:  on policy, on collaborators, on public opinion, and on the ethnographer herself.” (Catherine Besteman, Professor of Anthropology at Colby College, USA, and author of “Making Refuge”)