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Action Anthropology and Pedagogy: University-Community Collaborations in Setting Policy
Human Organization (2011)
  • Sandra D. Lane, Syracuse University
  • Robert A. Rubenstein, Syracuse University
  • Lutchmie Narine, Syracuse University
  • Inga Back
  • Caitlin Cornell, Syracuse University
  • Alexander Hodgens, Hamilton College
This article describes a student-led, community-participatory project focused on reducing the burden of childhood lead poisoning in rental housing. A multidisciplinary group of students and faculty worked with community members. We compiled the social, public health, economic, and policy information on the human and fiscal costs of childhood lead poisoning. This analysis was done for community advocates to use to persuade policymakers to enact a local law strengthening the prevention of childhood lead poisoning in rental property. In conducting this work, the students gained experience in qualitative research methods, quantitative data analysis, the health consequences of lead exposure, health policy, urban health, science writing, and public presentation.
  • urban health,
  • community-participatory research,
  • lead poisoning,
  • teaching,
  • action anthropology
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Sandra D. Lane, Robert A. Rubenstein, Lutchmie Narine, Inga Back, et al.. "Action Anthropology and Pedagogy: University-Community Collaborations in Setting Policy" Human Organization Vol. 70 Iss. 3 (2011)
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