Public Anthropology in the Digital Era
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Original versionin The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology 10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea2505
The public anthropologist grapples with not one but many overlapping digital transformations, which influence how anthropologists access, produce, and disseminate knowledge. The digital turn reshapes the social fields with which the anthropologist engages; the political opportunities and risks arising from the engagement of the public anthropologist; and the methodological approach of the public anthropologist as they access, produce, and disseminate knowledge. This entry examines how digital transformations—as processes of social change—bring new possibilities and challenges for public anthropology.