Books & Book Series

Why a Public Anthropology?
Book Blurbs & Description

Why a Public Anthropology? begins: “Cultural anthropology has the potential to change the world. It can bring institutional accountability, facilitating transparency in political and social matters. It encourages ‘big picture’ understandings that allow us to appreciate important problems in deeper and broader ways than we might otherwise.” But today, this potential still remains to be realized.

The two key questions the book addresses are: Why hasn’t cultural anthropology lived up to its transformative potential? And how might it be encouraged to do so now?

California Series in Public Anthropology

The California Series in Public Anthropology is published by University of California Press. It draws professional scholars from a range of disciplines to address major public issues in ways that help non-academic audiences to understand and address them. Many scholars write on narrow subjects in self-contained styles that only coteries of colleagues appreciate. The Series strives, instead, to analyze important public concerns in ways that help non-academic audiences to understand and address them.