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Anthropology and Consultancy : Issues and Debates - Pamela Stewart

Anthropology and Consultancy

Issues and Debates

Paperback Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9781571815521
Number Of Pages: 162

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"I do recommend this volume to anthropologists. This collection would be appropriate for training social or cultural anthropologists ...Several of these cases are well written, insightful, and instructive." * Journal of Anthropological Research More and more, anthropologists are recruited as consultants by government departments, companies or as observers of development processes in their field areas generally. Although these roles can be very gratifying, they can create ambiguous situations for the anthropologists who find that new pressures and responsibilities are placed upon them for which their training did not prepare them. This volume explores some of the problems, opportunities, issues, debates, and dilemmas surrounding these roles. The geographic focus of the studies is Papua New Guinea, but the topic and its importance apply widely through the world, for example, Africa, South America, Australia, and the Pacific in general, as well as in relation to indigenous groups in Canada and elsewhere. All the authors have first-hand experience and they address these new pressures and responsibilities of anthropological research. The book's chapters are written in a way that combines scholarship with a style accessible to general readers. Pamela Stewart is Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh. She works on human identities and life histories, farming practices and national identity, patient/physician communication, religious change and sorcery, forms of violence and its impact. Her areas of interest include the U.S., Europe, and Papua New Guinea. Andrew J. Strathern W. Mellon Professor at the University ofPittsburgh. His interests include the analysis of political and economic systems in small-scale societies, kinship theories, social change, religion,symbolism, ethnicity, legal anthropology, conflict and violence, the anthropology of the body, and the cross-cultural study of medical systems.

"I do recommend this volume to anthropologists. This collection would be appropriate for training social or cultural anthropologists...Several of these cases are well written, insightful, and instructive." - Journal of Anthropological Research

Prefacep. vi
Introduction: Anthropology and Consultancy-Ethnographic Dilemmas and Opportunitiesp. 1
On Knowing the Baining and Other Minor Ethnic Groups of East New Britainp. 25
From Anthropologist to Government Officer and Back Againp. 46
Environmental Non-governmental Organizations and the Nature of Ethnographic Inquiryp. 63
The Politics of Accountability: An Institutional Analysis of the Conservation Movement in Papua New Guineap. 88
Where Anthropologists Fear to Tread: Notes and Queries on Anthropology and Consultancy, Inspired by a Fieldwork Experiencep. 106
Taking Care of Culture: Consultancy, Anthropology, and Gender Issuesp. 124
Notes on Contributorsp. 139
Indexp. 142
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ISBN: 9781571815521
ISBN-10: 157181552X
Series: Studies in Applied Anthropology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 0.89
Weight (kg): 0.23