CHAPTER 12 Applying Anthropology. Dimensions of American anthropology: Academic or theoretical anthropology Applied anthropology Applied anthropology

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  • CHAPTER 12Applying Anthropology

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  • Applying AnthropologyDimensions of American anthropology:Academic or theoretical anthropologyApplied anthropology Applied anthropologyApplication of anthropological data, perspectives, theory, and methods to identify, assess, and solve contemporary social problemsAll four subdisciplines

  • Role of Applied AnthropologistsEarly applicationsApplication was a central concern of early anthropology in Great Britain (during colonialism) and in the U.S. (Native American policy)Modern applied anthropology differs from earlier approaches

  • Academic and applied anthropologyAcademic anthropology expanded after World War IIApplied anthropology began to grow in the 1970s

  • Applied anthropology todayAppropriate roles for applied anthropologists:Identifying locally perceived needs for changeWorking with local people to design culturally appropriate, socially sensitive changeProtecting interests of local people

  • Development anthropologyBranch of applied anthropology that focuses on social issues in, and the cultural dimension of, economic development

  • Strategies for innovationTo maximize social and economic benefits, development projects must:Be culturally compatibleRespond to locally perceived needsInvolve men and women in planning and carrying out the changes that affect themHarness traditional organizationsBe flexible

  • Strategies for innovationOverinnovation too much changeUnderdifferentiation tendency to overlook cultural diversity and view less-developed countries as more alike than they truly are

  • Strategies for innovationThird World modelsBest models for economic development are to be found in target communities

  • Anthropology and education

  • Urban anthropologyCross-cultural and ethnographic study of global urbanization and life in cities

  • Medical anthropologyStudy of disease, health problems, health care systems, and theories about illness in different cultures and ethnic groupsTheories about the causes of illnessPersonalistic disease theoriesNaturalistic disease theoriesEmotionalistic disease theoriesHealth Care SystemsWestern vs. non-Western medicine

  • Anthropology and businessFor business, key features of anthropology include:Ethnography and observation as ways of gathering dataCross-cultural expertiseFocus on cultural diversity

  • Careers and AnthropologyAnthropologys breadth provides an excellent foundation for many careers

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