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Engaged Observer: Anthropology, Advocacy, and Activism
edited by Victoria Sanford and Asale Angel-Ajani
by Shannon Speed, Dana-Ain Davis, Michael Bosia, Roberta Culbertson, John Collins, Aldo Civico, Kay Warren, Asale Angel-Ajani, Victoria Sanford, Phillippe Bourgois, Irina Carlota Silber, Rosalva Aida Hernandez Castillo and Dr. Monique Skidmore
foreword by Phillippe Bourgois
Rutgers University Press, 2006
Cloth: 978-0-8135-3891-4 | Paper: 978-0-8135-3892-1
Library of Congress Classification GN33.E65 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 301.01


Anthropology has long been associated with an ethos of “engagement.” The field’s core methods and practices involve long-term interpersonal contact between researchers and their study participants, giving major research topics in the field a distinctively human face. Can research findings be authentic and objective? Are anthropologists able to use their data to aid the participants of their study, and is that aid always welcome?

In Engaged Observer, Victoria Sanford and Asale Angel-Ajani bring together an international array of scholars who have been embedded in some of the most conflict-ridden and dangerous zones in the world to reflect on the role and responsibility of anthropological inquiry.  They explore issues of truth and objectivity, the role of the academic, the politics of memory, and the impact of race, gender, and social position on the research process. Through ethnographic case studies, they offer models for conducting engaged research and illustrate the contradictions and challenges of doing so.

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