A new book by Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, might answer some of our questions on why our discipline has not gained the respect it in our view deserves.
According to some first reviews (the book will be published not before November 2005), Hylland Eriksen demonstrates that the fault is partly our own:
If anthropology matters as a key tool with which to understand modern society beyond the ivory towers of academia, why are so few anthropologists willing to come forward in times of national or global crisis? Eriksen argues that anthropology needs to rediscover the art of narrative and abandon arid analysis and, more provocatively, anthropologists need to lose their fear of plunging into the vexed issues modern societies present.
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