Reviewed by: General Anthropology Division
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students, Those Involved in Mentoring Activities
Primary Theme: Inequality
Secondary Theme: Social movements
Structures of inequalities and inequities have been a subject of anthropological critique since the early days of the discipline. In recent years these manifestations of unequal relations of power have come to occupy center stage in popular imagination across the globe. Mainstream media is awash with competing perspectives on these issues. How can anthropology, a discipline that has been in the forefront of equipping practitioners with skills to critically engage with such issues, effectively contribute to enriching this conversation? What challenges do anthropologists encounter when they attempt to translate their skills into strategies for productive engagements with issues of the day? What are the risks involved? And, how do anthropologists negotiate these risks? This roundtable brings together Sacramento-based anthropologists (educators, current students and professionals involved in diverse careers) for a critical reflection. Participants draw on their experience engaging the structures of inequality and inequities in a range of social settings in California. We will address the above noted questions and more with an eye towards energizing and furthering the relationship between anthropology, social justice and activism.