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Anthropological Praxis
Translating Knowledge into Action

ISBN 9780367013769
Published April 9, 2020 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

This text presents twenty-five original case studies that show working anthropologists solving problems in government and industry. The chapters are expanded versions of the 1981–1983 winning entries from the annual Praxis competition. In each chapter, the author describes the targeted problem or issue, his or her role as an anthropologist, the specific anthropological skills or knowledge used, and the results of the work. These in-depth studies demonstrate ways in which anthropological knowledge is applicable to real-life situations. The introduction, by coeditors Robert M. Wulff and Shirley J. Fiske, sets the agenda for understanding the dimensions of applied anthropology today. The editors examine the anthropologist’s role in public management and the policy process. This provocative text is a must for any introductory applied anthropology course, graduate or undergraduate, used alone as a casebook or in conjunction with a more theoretically based applied anthropology text. It is an excellent guide for anthropologists hoping to work outside academia or for the mid-career anthropologist thinking of a career switch as well as for students embarking on internships.

Table of Contents

Foreword -- Preface -- Introduction -- Information Production: Defining the Problem -- The Planning of Health Education Strategies in Swaziland -- Measuring the Unmeasurable: A Microregional Study of an Undocumented Population -- Issue-Centered Social Impact Assessment -- Practicing Sociomedicine: Redefining the Problem of Infant Mortality in Washington, D.C. -- The International Sorghum/Millet Research Project -- Policy Formulation: Choosing an Alternative and Setting a Direction -- The Integration of Modern and Traditional Health Sectors in Swaziland -- Customary Law Development in Papua New Guinea -- Redesigning Social Service Delivery Policy: The Anthropologist as Mediator -- Activating Community Participation in a Southern Paiute Reservation Development Program -- Planning and Implementation: Deciding what to do -- FJUA Relocation: Applying Clinical Anthropology in a Troubled Situation -- A Case of Lead Poisoning from Folk Remedies in Mexican American Communities -- Intercultural Mediation at Truk International Airport -- Promoting Socioculturally Feasible Housing and Community Upgrading Programs in Botswana -- Designing Apache Homes with Apaches -- Tribally Controlled Culture Change: The Northern Ute Language Renewal Project -- Preserving Plants for Pomos -- The Domestication of Wood in Haiti: A Case Study in Applied Evolution -- Evaluation: Assessing what Happened -- A National Ethnographic Evaluation of the Career Intern Program -- Welfare Reform Before Its Time: The Evaluation of the Minnesota Work Equity Project -- The Delivery of Rural Reproductive Medicine

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