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Changing the Field of Anthropology, One Book at a Time – Fran Benson

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This January 27-31, 2020, and for one week only, we are changing the field of Anthropology, with a special sale of Anthropology books just for $20.20. In anticipation of the sale, we asked Editorial Director of ILR Press Fran Benson for her thoughts on Anthropology, and a list of Anthropology books that will help you pick wisely!

Why is publishing in Anthropology important?

I love publishing works of anthropology because of the stories. Stories are one of the best vehicles for learning, and anthropology, especially ethnography, strives to explore behavior and cultures through stories. While much of anthropology focuses on exotic cultures, I particularly like the trend in anthropology to cast the ethnographic eye on spaces that are closer to home, deepening our understanding of  our everyday experiences.

Some of the most innovative books on my list come out of the field of anthropology.  Some are “ancient” but still sell in significant numbers like Julian Orr’s  Talking about Machines: An Ethnography of a Modern Job  from 1996 and Cathy Small’s Voyages: From Tongan Villages to American Suburbs with a second edition in 2011. Others are yet to be published. In this category I highly recommend Cathy Small’s The Man in the Dog Park: Coming Up Close to Homelessness, which is available for preorder at the special $20.20 price this week.In between are a host of stunning ethnographies about work, several provocative perspectives on education, and a few insightful studies relating  to health care:

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