Universities today are challenged to become more actively engaged with society, government, and the private sector. By partnering with people to reduce inequities and provide greater access to knowledge gained from anthropological research, universities can play a larger role in democratizing society. This engaged stance moves the application of theory, methods, and practice toward action and activism, and reduces the growth of disparities in underserved communities. In a Chats in the Stacks book talk presented at Mann Library in April 2014, by Sam Beck, senior lecturer in the College of Human Ecology and director of Cornell’s Urban Semester Program, presents his new book “Toward Engaged Anthropology.” Co-edited by Carl A. Maida, the book offers a collection of essays by seven experts on a new form of engaged, public anthropology that is taking hold in the field.
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