applied anthropology

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the study of human beings and their development, including their customs and practices, that is based on an understanding of the contexts from which observations about human activities are derived. adj., adj anthropolog´ical.
applied anthropology the use of anthropological approaches and knowledge to influence human behavior or encourage change (including economic development) in the living patterns of different cultural groups.
physical anthropology the field of anthropology that focuses on human physical characteristics.
sociocultural anthropology the field of anthropology that focuses on shared patterns of behavior and on customary, agreed-upon solutions that influence behavior; it also includes the study of interactions between individuals.
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ap·plied an·thro·pol·o·gy

a fusion of modern cultural anthropology and aspects of sociology in which applications are derived from the study of literate peoples in their cultures.
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Similar conversations about the relationship between applied anthropology and Indigenous peoples in settler states such as Canada and New Zealand have been ongoing internationally for a number of years (see, for example, Field 2003; Medicine 1998; Purcell 1998; Rigsby 1995; Smith, L 1999; Toussaint and Taylor 1999).
This, in addition to their respective fields' shared interests in the concept of place as it manifests individually and collectively, quickly made it clear to both authors that there was great potential for a collaboration that incorporated research methods training, community-engaged research, and place-building theory into an applied anthropology curriculum.
van Willigen (2005) Applied Anthropology: domains of application.
In fact, Steward developed a lifetime "unshakable disdain for applied anthropology" (Kerns, 2003, p.
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara 2008 "Applied Anthropology and Counterinsurgency." Newsletter of the Society for Applied Anthropology 19, 1 (February): 1-5.
Allan said they also submitted a paper for possible publication in the Society for Applied Anthropology Journal.
Laken is a Fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology. She has had continuous research funding for over 25 years with more than 80 publications.
Instead, the modern growth in "applied anthropology"--which is often to say those anthropologists working outside the academy--has emphasized working with indigenous groups, NGOs, and educational groups rather than with state governments (see, for example, the highly influential society and journal "Cultural Survival").
In 1991 she received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Anthropological Association and in 1996, the Bronislaw Malinowski Award from the Society for Applied Anthropology. Her lecture on the occasion of the Malinowski award, "American Indians and Anthropologists: Issues of History, Empowerment, and Application," is the final item in this collection.

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