Design Anthropological Futures

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A major contribution to the field, this ground-breaking book explores design anthropology's focus on futures and future-making. Examining what design anthropology is and what it is becoming, the authors push the frontiers of the discipline and reveal both the challenges for and the potential of this rapidly growing transdisciplinary field.

Divided into four sections – Ethnographies of the Possible, Interventionist Speculation, Collaborative Formation of Issues, and Engaging Things – the book develops readers' understanding of the central theoretical and methodological aspects of future knowledge production in design anthropology. Bringing together renowned scholars such as George Marcus and Alison Clarke with young experimental design anthropologists from countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Brazil, the UK, and the United States, the sixteen chapters offer an unparalleled breadth of theoretical reflections and rich empirical case studies.

Written by those at the forefront of the field, Design Anthropological Futures is destined to become a defining text for this growing discipline. A unique resource for students, scholars, and practitioners in design anthropology, design, architecture, material culture studies, and related fields.
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Rachel Charlotte Smith is Assistant Professor of Design Anthropology at the Centre for Participatory Information Technology (PIT), Aarhus University, Denmark
Kasper Tang Vangkilde is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University, Denmark
Mette Gislev Kjærsgaard is Associate Professor of Design Anthropology at the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Ton Otto
is Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University, Denmark and at James Cook University, Australia
Joachim Halse is Associate Professor of Design Anthropology at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark
Thomas Binder is Professor of CoDesign at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark
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Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
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Published on
Sep 22, 2016
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781474280631
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Language
English
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Genres
Design / General
Design / Graphic Arts / Commercial & Corporate
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Anthropology / General
Social Science / Sociology / General
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