The Uttering of Weakened Voices: On Elinor Ostrom and the Rising Importance of Comparative Anthropological Research in the Neoliberal Era
While traditional anthropological research has specialized in comprehensive studies of small societies, many researchers are attempting to contribute to understanding the effects of globalization and neoliberal phenomena in the world, especially in an environmental-economic context. The article reviews some of the works of major anthropologists who called for the integration of anthropological knowledge with other fields through the creation of comparative field studies. For this purpose, the article focuses on Elinor Ostrom's contribution to the understanding of the commons and argues that the main basis for the publicity that Ostrom's theories received were the comparative environmental-anthropological studies underlying them. Finally, the paper argues that the knowledge produced by various current anthropologists, which is usually of a local and specific nature, illuminates the important role of anthropological research in dealing with the questions and challenges of the modern age.