Applied Anthropology is the application of anthropological knowledge, expertise, and history in understanding and dealing with modern problems.
Selected Books on the topic of Applied Anthropology
Applied Anthropology by Margaret Anderson Gwynne
Call Number: GN397.5 .G99 2003 3rd floor
Publication Date: 2002-10-29
This up-to-date, engaging, accessible applied anthropology textbook presents a thorough yet balanced introduction to the field while specifically addressing a concern of immediate and practical importance to college students-choosing a career field. Applied Anthropology: A Career-Oriented Approach effectively shows how anthropological ideas and techniques can be used in the real world. One reviewer describes this new text as "an unusually broad and very welcome breadth of perspective on applied anthropology...it will become the text of choice for both undergraduate and graduate courses in applied anthropology throughout the country. Gwynne covers all important topics thoroughly, clearly, and with illustrative details that bring core concepts alive for the reader."
"Applied Anthropology: An Introduction" (3rd edition) is a text focused on the use of the methods and theories of anthropology to solve the practical problems of human communities. It addresses a wide range of problem-solving practices in two large categories: development and research. The development-focused chapters include action research/participatory action research, cultural action, collaborative research, cultural brokerage, and social marketing. The research-focused chapters include social impact assessment, evaluation, and cultural resource management. Each chapter includes a defining statement about the approach considered and discussion of key concepts, a discussion of the basic process, and one or more case studies. These materials are supplemented with chapters on many domains of application and roles which applied anthropologists activate. These are coupled with chapters on the history of the development of applied anthropology, ethics, anthropology in development, and policy. The book concludes with a chapter on work-related issues such as employment and funding opportunities.
As a species, we are currently experiencing dramatic shifts in our lifestyle, family structure, health, and global contact. Evolutionary Anthropology provides a powerful theoretical framework to study such changes, revealing how current environments and legacies of past selection shape human diversity. This book is the first major review of the emerging field of Applied Evolutionary Anthropology bringing together the work of an international group of evolutionary scientists, addressing many of the major public health and social issues of this century. Through a series of case studies that span both rural and urban situations in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, each chapter addresses topics such as natural resource management, health service delivery, population growth and the emergence of new family structures, dietary, and co-operative behaviours. The research presented identifies the great, largely untapped, potential that Applied Evolutionary Anthropology holds to guide the design, implementation and evaluation of effective social and public health policy. This book will be of interest to policy-makers and applied researchers, along with academics and students across the biological and social sciences.