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Why a Public Anthropology?

This book argues that the way for anthropology—or any social science—to realize its potential for serving the common good is to increase transparency and, through such transparency, accountability to the broader society. By exposing the functions (and dysfunctions) of the academic system to public light, Why a Public Anthropology? hopes to draw the social sciences to effectively address the critical problems that the wider world wants and funds them to address.
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California Series in Public Anthropology

This series draws anthropologists to address major issues of our time in ways that readers beyond the discipline find valuable. Many anthropologists 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.
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