Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice

Wendy Gunn (Editor), Ton Otto (Editor), Rachel Smith (Editor)

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This edited volume provides an introduction to the emerging field of design anthropology from the point of view of anthropologists engaging in its development. Contributors include young anthropologists with experience in the field and leading theoreticians, who combine to articulate the specific style of knowing involved in doing design anthropology. So far design anthropology has been developed mostly in the practice of industry and the public sector, in particular in Scandinavia and the US, and the sustained academic reflection to support this practice is still in its early stages. This book will contribute to this theoretical reflection and provide a reference for practitioners, teachers and students of anthropology, as well as design and innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages304
ISBN (Print)9780857853691
Publication statusPublished - 29. Aug 2013

Bibliographical note

The book targets students and practitioners in the field of design anthropology. It will further be of interest for designers and others interested in the relation between anthropology, design and innovation. It will be essential reading for courses in design anthropology (at advanced undergraduate or postgraduate level) and important reading for courses dealing with new developments in anthropology, design, architecture, cultural and innovation studies.


  • materiality
  • temporality
  • relationality

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