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A Handbook of Practicing Anthropology

Riall Nolan (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-67459-8
432 pages
April 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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An essential career-planning resource, A Handbook of Practicing Anthropology presents a comprehensive account of contemporary anthropological practice written primarily by anthropological practitioners

  • Engagingly written  and instructive accounts  of practice by anthropological professionals working in corporations, governmental, entrepreneurial, and educational settings
  • Provides essential guidance on applying anthropological principles on the job: what works well and what must be learned
  • Emphasizes the value of collaboration, teamwork, and continuous learning as key elements to success in non-academic careers
  • Highlights the range of successful career options for practitioners , describes  significant sectors of professional activity, and discusses key issues, concerns, and controversies in the field
  • Chapters examine key practice sectors such as freelancing, managing a consulting firm, working for government, non-profits, and corporations, and the domains of health, industry, education, international development, and the military
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Notes on Contributors viii

Preface and Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction 1
Riall W. Nolan

Part I The Practitioner Career Arc 9

2 Professional Training and Preparation 11
Terry Redding

3 Making the Transition from the Academy to Practice 25
Mary Odell Butler

4 Job Hunting in the Twenty-First Century 36
Judy Tso

5 Job Success 101: A Quick Graduate Course 47
Cathleen Crain and Nathaniel Tashima

6 Careers in Practice 61
Susan Squires

7 Stress and Failure in Practice Work 71
Riall W. Nolan

Part II Practitioner Bases 81

8 Doing Anthropology – Full Tilt, Full-Time 83
Gordon Bronitsky

9 An Independent Consultant in a Business of One 92
Judy Tso

10 How to Be a Self-Supporting Anthropologist 104
Grant McCracken

11 Becoming a Practicing Disaster Anthropologist 114
Susanna M. Hoffman

12 An Anthropologically Based Consulting Firm 125
Cathleen Crain and Nathaniel Tashima

13 Nongovernmental Organizations 137
Adam Koons

14 Multilateral Governmental Organizations 150
William L. Partridge

15 Tools for Gauging Success in the Corporate Sector 161
Tracy Meerwarth Pester

16 Working for the Federal Government 172
Shirley J. Fiske

17 Anthropologists Working in Higher Education 184
Dennis Wiedman

Part III Domains of Practice 197

18 Methods and Approaches 199
Mary Odell Butler

19 Practitioners Working in Health 210
Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts and Martha Hare

20 International Development 222
Mari H. Clarke

21 Military and Security 237
Kerry B. Fosher and Frank J. Tortorello, Jr.

22 Anthropologists at Work in Advertising and Marketing 247
Timothy de Waal Malefyt

23 Anthropology in Design and Product Development 258
Crysta Metcalf

24 Environment and Resources 266
Robert Winthrop

25 Practitioners in Humanitarian Assistance 278
Adam Koons

Part IV Key Issues 289

26 Ethics and Practicing Anthropology – Pragmatic, Practical, and Principled 291
Lenora Bohren and Linda Whiteford

27 The Academic–Practitioner Relationship 303
Linda A. Bennett and Shirley J. Fiske

28 Professional Communication 317
Nathaniel Tashima and Cathleen Crain

29 Working on Cross-Disciplinary Teams 330
Mari H. Clarke

30 Professional Networking for Practitioners 344
Paula Chambers

31 Drug Resistance and Biosocial Analysis in Practice 354
Amy S. Porter and Paul E. Farmer

32 High-Performing Applied Programs 372
Elizabeth K. Briody and Riall W. Nolan

Part V Conclusion 389

33 The Future of Practice: Anthropology and the Grand Challenges 391
Riall W. Nolan

Further Readings 397

Index 408

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Riall W. Nolan is Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University. He worked overseas for nearly twenty years as a practicing anthropologist, in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, mainly in international development. He writes and consults on issues of international development, international education, cross-cultural adaptation, and practicing anthropology.

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“An essential career-planning resource, A Handbook of Practicing Anthropology presents a comprehensive account of contemporary anthropological practice written primarily by anthropological practitioners.”  (Newbooks, 18 November 2013)

“This book should be in the hands of every student interested in a career in anthropology.  There is no other collection that better summarizes opportunities to practice anthropology beyond the academy.”
- Erve Chambers, University of Maryland, College Park

"As in development, all practice of anthropology is a contact sport. This is what I always tell my students. For those who teach, practice, or study any aspect of anthropology, including development, Riall Nolan’s rich collection is the book to go to, for learning how to apply our knowledge militantly and help improve the world we live in."
- Michael M. Cernea, Research Professor, George Washington University

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