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Q: So… what can you do with your anthropology degree?
A: Anything you want.
I was sipping my espresso and reading my book in a coffee shop on the shore of Lake Atitlán when someone tried to strike a conversation. He asked to see the book I was reading. It just so happens that it was an ethnographic methods book so he asked me what my profession is.
“I am an anthropologist.”
“So you study bugs too?”
“No, I am an anthropologist, not an entomologist.”
He then proceeded to tell me he was studying insects and had… Continue reading
NAPA is happy to announce the re-launch of AnthroCurrents, a bi-weekly look at anthropology in the news.
Anthropology of Climate Change
- In the online magazine, popmatters, a review of the 2015 documentary film “The Anthropologist” (screened at the Independent Film Festival Festival, Boston 2016), the reviewer describes this “spry and crisp” film as a multi-layered depiction of (a) the personal side of climate change through visits to indigenous peoples most affected by sea level rise, (b) a not-so-data-heavy explanation of the hows and whys of climate change, and (c) a mother and daughter travelogue. See also IMDB.com and… Continue reading
NAPA Career Profiles: A chat with David Fetterman on Empowerment Evaluation, and the value of ethnography.
David Fetterman is an evaluator by profession, and is probably best known for his work on creating Empowerment Evaluation, which helps individuals learn to evaluate their own programs. In this process Fetterman serves as a coach, helping guide the work and maintain rigor, but allowing stakeholders to plan, implement and evaluate themselves. The end goal is self-determination, and it is an approach grounded deeply in ethnography.
“Everything I do (work and home life) is shaped and guided by anthropology. I always attempt to get at the emic or insider’s view of reality before jumping to my own conclusions. … Continue reading