Careers in 21st Century Applied AnthropologyPerspectives from Academics and Practitioners
The NAPA Bulletin series is dedicated to the practical problem-solving and policy applications of anthropological knowledge and methods. NAPA Bulletins are peer reviewed, and are distributed free of charge as a benefit of NAPA membership. The NAPA Bulletin seeks to: facilitate the sharing of information among practitioners, academics, and students be a useful document for practitioners contribute to the professional development of anthropologists seeking practitioner positions support the general interests of practitioners both within and outside the academy
Part I: Introduction. 1. Introduction: Preparing Anthropologists for the 21st Century (Carla Guerrón-Montero). 2. Recent Changes and Trends in the Practice of Applied Anthropology (Satish Kedia). Part II: Graduate School in Applied Anthropology. 3. Mastering the Art of the M.A. Program and Beyond (Terry Redding). 4. Small Fish in a Big Pond: An Applied Anthropologist in Natural Resource Management (Jennifer Gilden). Part III: Advice from the Academy. 5. Practicing Anthropology from within the Academy: Combining Careers (Philip D. Young). 6. Moving Past Public Anthropology and Doing Collaborative Research (Luke Eric Lassiter). 7. Collaboration, Cooperation, and Working Together: Anthropologists Creating a Space for Research and Academic Partnerships (Geraldine Moreno-Black and Pissamai Homchampa). 8. Learning Applied Anthropology in Field Schools: Lessons from Bosnia and Romania (Peter W. Van Arsdale). Part IV: Advice from Practicing Anthropologists. 9. Working for the Federal Government: Anthropology Careers (Shirley J. Fiske). 10. Applied Anthropology and Executive Leadership (Barbara Pillsbury.) 11. Creating Your Own Consulting Business (Carla N. Littlefield and Emilia González-Clements). 12. Using Anthropology Overseas (Riall W. Nolan). 13. Becoming an International Consultant (Gisele Maynard-Tucker). Part V: Further Resources. 14. Further Resources for Careers in Applied Anthropology (Scarlett Shaffer). 15. Biosketches of Authors.
Carla Guerrón-Montero is assistant professor of anthropology and Latin American studies at the University of Delaware. She received her M.A. (1997) in applied anthropology from Oregon State University and her Ph.D. (2002) in cultural anthropology from the University of Oregon. She has conducted ethnographic and applied work on development, globalization, tourism, and racial–ethnic and gender relations, particularly among Afro-Latin American populations in Panama, Ecuador, Grenada, Chile, and Brazil. She has participated on collaborative interdisciplinary projects on nutritional anthropology, and gender and development in Ecuador. Guerrón-Montero is author of several articles and book chapters published in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. She is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) and the Salzburg Seminars. Guerrón-Montero has served on the executive boards of several sections and committees of the American Anthropological Association, SfAA, and the Latin American Studies Association. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Applied anthropology is more relevant than ever before in today’s complex and interconnected world. Factors internal and external to the discipline indicate that job opportunities for anthropologists outside the academy will continue to develop in the 21st century. The main objective of the current volume is to explore the potential for this growing trend of anthropological engagement. Thirteen chapters by 15 academics and practitioners provide specific advice to students and practitioners on the benefits and challenges of careers in applied anthropology in both national and international arenas. Contributors offer practical, step-by-step advice on such diverse topics as practicing anthropology with an M.A. degree, careers in national and international consultancy, small consulting business development, executive leadership, combining careers in applied anthropology and the academy, field school training, collaborative research and public engagement, and deploying applied anthropology in nonanthropological settings. Contributors stress the relevance and training in anthropology and the many opportunities available to put anthropology to use in the real world.
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