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The Real World: Teaching Anthropology as if it Mattered
Practicing Anthropology (1998)
  • Margaret Everett, Portland State University
In James Peacock's 1995 address on the future of anthropology given at the AAA meetings in Washington, D.C., he spoke persuasively about the discipline's need to move "beyond the academy" and warned that in order for anthropology to flourish, "we must press outward" ("The Future of Anthropology," American Anthropologist 99(1): 9-29, 1997). Efforts to broaden anthropology's contribution to society "beyond the academy" are already under way, as Human Organization, this publication, and this column, in particular, attest. Specifically, renewed interest in public policy reflects the growing conviction that anthropologists' work today needs to be more relevant to decision-making. Applied anthropologists often express frustration at their lack of influence in decision-making processes. Again, as Peacock argues, "Applied anthropology is often a mop-up operation, identifying and solving problems caused by bad policy. Instead, anthropology must move to shaping policy." Efforts through the AAA, SfAA, and elsewhere suggest a turning point for applied anthropology and the discipline in general.
Publication Date
Winter 1998
Citation Information
Margaret Everett. "The Real World: Teaching Anthropology as if it Mattered" Practicing Anthropology Vol. 20 Iss. 1 (1998)
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