Public Anthropologist is an international peer reviewed journal. This blog contains original posts, presentations of articles that will appear on the journal, conversations with authors, and other relevant information.


Public Anthropology: Engaging Social Issues in the Modern World

When I met Margaret Mead in the 1970s I felt like I was in the presence of a superstar. Here was an anthropologist with an international reputation who was willing to put her career on the line by criticizing the war in Vietnam, supporting the campus protests of university students, and promoting the rights of …

Why Public Anthropologist?

Why establish the new journal Public Anthropologist? To answer this question I would identify three factors: The first factor simply relates to my personal frustration concerning two aspects of the current “publication scenario” or, more broadly, the current production of anthropological knowledge. Firstly, the increasing standardization of the very concrete and creative experience of writing – …