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AnthroCurrents–September 20, 2016

What are some of the other websites and blogs that track anthropology-in-the-news and practicing anthropology? Here are some “highly cited” places on the web to follow. All of the sites and blogs below may be followed on Twitter, some on Facebook or other social media, and some offer weekly email subscriptions. While you are at it, follow us on Twitter (@NapaAnthro) Facebook (@NAPA.Anthro), or LinkedIn (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology).

A classic example of an anthropology-news-tracking blog is www.anthropologyworks.com – a weekly blog from the Culture in Global Affairs (CIGA) research and policy program at George… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – September 9, 2016

The other week, a friend of mine that moved to the other end of North Carolina called. To my surprise it was her son, a middle schooler, wanting to talk to me.

– Ms. Adriana, you are an anthropologist, right?

I paused for a moment, a giant smile on my face, and replied:

– Yes, I am an anthropologist. Yes. I am.

And then we talked for a while about the beginnings of civilization, Gobekli Tepe, the Indus Valley and other questions he needed to answer for his school project.

Luckily, our skills are in demand not only… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents–September 6, 2016

Welcome back to the academy, students and faculty! As we watch Labor Day in the rearview mirror, the northern hemisphere’s colleges and universities are all in full operation. Our “back to school special” is a list of all the subfields of, or application of, cultural “anthropology” that we found published during the month of August (without duplicating our posts on August 9th and August 23rd). We hope these provide inspiration for research papers, lecture anecdotes, and career choices. Enjoy!

Ethnography is growing as a market research tool in corporations and women in corporations find corporate anthropology to… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents — August 23, 2016

The Olympics just ended, the American presidential election campaigns are in full swing, and academic anthropologists are returning to the classroom after summer travel and research. But today let’s focus on how practicing anthropologists are raising the profile of our discipline in the business and corporate world.

Maia Green (U. of Manchester) reviews The Silo Effect: Why Every Organisation Needs to Disrupt Itself to Survive by Gillian Tett (Financial Times). The book, among other things, explains how the outside observer perspective of anthropologists is a critical tool for corporate change.

Meanwhile, business and marketing consultants are realizing—and writing about—how an… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents — August 9, 2016

Thank you to Mella Baker for reminding us that not all anthropologist heroes are white and male. Welcome to anthropology! I haven’t looked at the demographics of our field recently, but I assume we still have a ways to go before the American profession better reflects the general population.

Screen capture of Tweet by Mella Baker. 8 August 2016

Screen capture of Tweet by Mella Baker. 8 August 2016

 

American Presidential Politics

Our last post looked at possible anthropological explanations for the popularity of Donald J. Trump, Republican presidential nominee. Reader Carie Little Hersh, Northeastern U., points us to an article by Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford U., reflecting on… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – July 29, 2016

Q:  So… what can you do with your anthropology degree?

A:  Anything you want.

 

Applied Anthropology was one of my favorite classes at NC State University. Before the first meeting with the lecturing professor, I imagined we would learn about jobs in museums and other cultural institutions. I did not know that our anthropological skills could be in demand in some many other industries.

Speaking of industries, this week I received a hint from anthropologist Walter Pond (you can read his posts here on on AnthroCurrents) about two positions that require ethnographic skills.

Ford is hiring… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents — June 28, 2016

Anthropologist Jessica O'Reilly in Antartica

Anthropologist Jessica O’Reilly in Antartica <http://glacierhub.org/2016/06/15/intimacy-and-expertise-a-conversation-with-antarctic-anthropologist-jessica-oreilly/>

Practicing Anthropology from the South Pole to Wall Street

Our colleagues are using ethnography to study the interchange between scientific expertise and policy-making at the South Pole, to make visible the invisible sanitation workers of New York City, and to understand the people inside the faceless “market” of Wall Street (Marketplace returns to Karen Ho’s research (Liquidated, 2009) for their “Price of Profits” series).

Remaining in New York City, ethnographers share their “Human-Centered Research in Policymaking” to counterbalance the quantitative, “Big Data” approach in urban planning. On… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – June 14, 2016

Anthropology, Gender, Bodies, and Bathrooms
Despite what some may think, “feminist biology” has little to do with genitalia envy.  Anthropologist Caroline VanSickle, a postdoctoral fellow in feminist biology, is more interested in how our cultural assumptions about gender distort our view of human evolution.
In the US, gender and genitalia remain controversial for those concerned about which genders share bathroom facilities. Anthropologists help us keep this tempest in perspective, since many people globally do not have the luxury of bathroom facilities. In these communities the issue is sanitation and health.
Of Similar Interest to Anthropologists…
Contemplate your… 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