Applied Anthropology Tools and Perspectives for Contemporary Practice

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-06-10
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The most up-to-date and accessible text on the subject, Applied Anthropology provides the skills, perspectives, and methodologies needed when working in today's communities and organizations.An invaluable resource, this practical book answers the question, "What can I do with a degree in Anthropology?" In addition to a focus on method, this book provides a solid foundation in the history, activities, and ethical concerns of applied anthropology. The book stresses decision-making and the need to understand policy through anthropological analysis. Because an anthropologist must communicate effectively with the general "non-anthropological" public, the text employs an accessible, jargon-free writing style. More than twenty case studies plus many "real-world" examples of anthropological practice reinforce the usefulness of anthropology in the real world. New material includes a summary of Elizabeth Guillette's research, a case study summarizing the work of Kendall Thu on intensive livestock operations, an analysis of Rapid Assessment Procedures and a summarization of the work and ideas of Robert Chambers.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Preface to the First Editionp. xiii
Orientations to an Anthropology of Policy and Practicep. 1
A Brief History of Applied Anthropologyp. 14
Ethics in Applied Research and Practicep. 30
Policy Analysis and Practice
What Is Policy and How Does It Relate to Anthropology?p. 44
Strengths, Weaknesses, and Future Directions in Policy Analysis and Practicep. 59
Needs Assessmentp. 76
Program Evaluationp. 91
Social Impact Assessmentp. 111
Some Recent Trends in the Application of Environmental Anthropologyp. 125
Advocacy Anthropologyp. 139
Methods for Applied Research
Ethnography: Participant Observation and Key-Informant Interviewingp. 160
Focus Groups and Other Group-Interviewing Techniquesp. 175
Quantification through Social Indicators and Questionnairesp. 189
Rapid Assessment Procedures (RAPs)p. 207
Participatory Researchp. 219
Some Principles for More Effective Practicep. 233
Becoming a Professionalp. 243
Some Course Assignments for Applied Anthropologyp. 257
Bibliographyp. 263
Name Indexp. 280
Subject Indexp. 283
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