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Design Anthropological Futures

A major contribution to the field, this groundbreaking book explores design anthropology's focus on futures and future-making.

Product details:

  • Editors: Rachel Charlotte Smith, Kasper Tang Vangkilde, Mette Gislev Kjaersgaard, Ton Otto, Joachim Halse, Thomas Binder
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • RRP: Hardback: $130.00
  • Paperback: $39.99
  • E-book: $31.99

Cover of Design Anthropological Futures


Examining design anthropology and what it is becoming, this book pushes the frontiers of the discipline and reveals the challenges and 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 16 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.

It is a unique resource for students, scholars, and practitioners in design anthropology, design, architecture, material culture studies and related fields.