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.

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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As Trigger (2011:236) points out, in Australia applied anthropology continues to be the subject of rigorous post-colonial critique, criticised for its function as an instrument of government power from both within the discipline and without (see, for example, Cowlishaw 2003, 2010; Lattas and Morris 2010; Nakata 2007).
Participatory Research: Implications for Applied Anthropology Practicing Anthropology 19(3):2-7.
Gibson, "Collaborative Educational Ethnography: Problems and Profits," Collaborative Research and Social Change: Applied Anthropology in Action, ed.
Applied anthropology at the University of South Florida
1979) The Counter-revolutionary Tradition in African Studies: The Case of Applied Anthropology.
Debates concerning the merits of applied anthropology have long beset the discipline.
Luzbetak was best known for his Church and Cultures: An Applied Anthropology for the Religious Worker (1963, 1989).
He is also a founding president of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada and a co-founder of Applied Anthropology of Canada.
The book addresses the perspectives of clinically applied anthropology, trans-cultural psychiatry and the medical ecology, critical medical anthropology and symbolic paradigms as frameworks for enhanced comprehension of health and the medical encounter.
Although I would staunchly defend the equal validity of applied anthropology and its potential to produce leading edge research, it remains that, immersed in interdisciplinary contexts, it is sometimes difficult for practitioners to avoid being suborned into producing the kind of atheoretical writing that one might describe as 'UN-speak' or 'policy report language', and there is some small evidence of this here.
She is graduating from a distinguished college with a degree in applied anthropology, ready to tackle public health dilemmas through multi-cultural community wellness programs.
Beyond its academic import, work of this kind provides an important resource for applied anthropology, illuminating the cultural matrices that underpin the local emplacement of forms of knowledge and action originating from the 'developed' world.

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