Activist Teaching: Three Steps to Make Activism Part of the Anthropological Learning Process

David Whyte

Ballyhoura Development CLG

Abstract

Activism is emerging as a central concern in anthropology – not just as something that is studied but also as something that anthropologists do. While much has now been written on activism within the discipline, it is less common to see articles that engage explicitly with how to teach activist anthropology. This paper offers a reflection on the author’s efforts to use the classroom as a crucible for critiquing and developing students’ activism and that taking place in Ireland and the UK generally, where the author has been teaching. It outlines three pedagogical steps that help responsibly transform activism both into a subject of study but also an outcome of the learning process.

Keywords

Activism; Activist Anthropology; Pedagogy; Ireland; Public Anthropology

Author contact: david.whyte.13 [at] ucl.ac.uk

Citation: Whyte, D., 2019. “Activist Teaching: Three Steps to Make Activism Part of the Anthropological Learning Process”, Irish Journal of Anthropology, 22(1), 318-327.