This course explores the complex engagements of anthropologists with issues involving social inequality, poverty, and racism and the methods by which social scientists can intervene in public and policy debates at multiple scales. This course addresses a long history of anthropology and its engagements with distinct “publics.” A central question that drives this class is how anthropologists choosing to undertake activism can effectively intervene to address observable injustices. What are the ethical implications and commitments, politically, theoretically and socially of what is now called engaged, militant, decolonial, committed anthropologies? This course will have an activist research paper component that will allow us to think about these issues beyond the walls of the academy.
The sequence course is the Spring 399 course Collaborative Methodologies in Action.