Anthropology in Crisis

Farrah Jarral examines how the end of empire brought a dramatic change of mindset.

Farrah Jarral examines how the end of empire brought a dramatic change of mindset.

Farrah hears how anthropology was forced to reckon with its colonial heritage, raising questions about how knowledge was produced - and by whom. She speaks to Professor Talal Asad, an academic who wrote a seminal book on the subject, and to an activist still fighting the same battles he first fought almost forty years ago.

But anthropology's existential crisis posed other questions about what it can really know, too, and about how research should be conducted; and Farrah meets up with an old colleague to see the results.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

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15 minutes