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The Intersections of Anthropology and Policy

May 31, 2012 by

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Shore, Cris and Susan Wright.  “Conceptualising Policy:  Technologies of Governance and the Politics of Visibility”Shore, Cris, Susan Wright, and Davide Però. 2011. Policy Worlds: Anthropology and Analysis of Contemporary Power. Berghahn Books.  Abstracted by Brian J. Delas Armas. Shore and Wright’s book introduction, “Conceptualising Policy:  Technologies of Governance and the Politics of Visibility”  is a […]

Social Impact Assessment vs. Organization Evaluation

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Freudenburg, William R. 1986. “Social Impact Assessment.” Annual Review of Sociology 12 (January 1): 451–478 by Brian J. Delas Armas. Social Impact Assessment (SIA) measures a broad range of effects likely to be experienced by a broad range of social groups as as a result of a course of action.  It differs from evaluation research […]

Espionage in its Public and Private Faces

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Shore, Cris.  2011. “Espionage, Policy and the Art of Government.” In Policy Worlds: Anthropology and the Analysis of Contemporary Power. Cris Shore, Susan Wright, and Davide Però, eds. Pp. 169-184. New York: Berghahn Books.  Abstracted by Brian J. Delas Armas. Shore explores the idea of policy as a legal-rational tool of governance, as an instrument […]

Development Expert Knowledge vs. Anthropologists

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Mosse, David.  “Politics and Ethics:  Ethnographies of Expert Knowledge and Professional Identities” in Shore, Cris, Susan Wright, and Davide Però. 2011. Policy Worlds: Anthropology and Analysis of Contemporary Power. Berghahn Books.  Abstracted by Brian J. Delas Armas. David Mosse’s piece “Ethnographies of Expert Knowledge” highlights the tension between Anthropological research findings and development expertise. While […]

Precis on Lila Abu-Lughod’s Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society

May 23, 2012 by

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Abu-Lughod, Lila (1999) Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society. University of California Press 271 pages + (317 total) by Brian J. Delas Armas Lila Abu-Lughod’s Veiled Sentiments is an eight-chapter book about an ethnographic study in a rural Bedouin community in Egypt aimed at illustrating the complexity of culture. Her central argument […]

Precis on Margaret Mead’s Coming in Age of Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation

May 23, 2012 by

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Mead, Margaret (1961)  Coming in Age of Samoa:  A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation. William Morrow & Company 234 pages + (304 total) by Brian J. Delas Armas Margaret Mead’s Coming of Age in Samoa is a 14-chapter book about an ethnographic study based in Samoa aimed at proving that stress in […]

Precis on Christian Zlolniski’s Janitors, Street Vendors, and Activists

May 23, 2012 by

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Zlolniski, Christian (2006)  Janitors, Street Vendors, and Activists:  The Lives of Mexican Immigrants in Silicon Valley.  University of California Press 209 pages + (249 total) by Brian J. Delas Armas Christian Zlolniski’s Janitors, Street Vendors, and Activists is a book about an ethnographic study in Silicon Valley, CA aimed at showing how global structural forces […]