An essential career-planning resource, A Handbook of Practicing Anthropology presents a comprehensive account of contemporary anthropological practice written primarily by anthropological practitioners * Engagingly written and instructive accounts of practice by anthropological professionals working in corporations, governmental, entrepreneurial, and educational settings * Provides essential guidance on applying anthropological principles on the job: what works well and what must be learned * Emphasizes the value of collaboration, teamwork, and continuous learning as key elements to success in non-academic careers * Highlights the range of successful career options for practitioners , describes significant sectors of professional activity, and discusses key issues, concerns, and controversies in the field * Chapters examine key practice sectors such as freelancing, managing a consulting firm, working for government, non-profits, and corporations, and the domains of health, industry, education, international development, and the military
Riall W. Nolan is Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University. He worked overseas for nearly twenty years as a practicing anthropologist, in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, mainly in international development. He writes and consults on issues of international development, international education, cross-cultural adaptation, and practicing anthropology.
Notes on Contributors viii Preface and Acknowledgments xiii 1 Introduction 1 Riall W. Nolan Part I The Practitioner Career Arc 9 2 Professional Training and Preparation 11 Terry Redding 3 Making the Transition from the Academy to Practice 25 Mary Odell Butler 4 Job Hunting in the Twenty-First Century 36 Judy Tso 5 Job Success 101: A Quick Graduate Course 47 Cathleen Crain and Nathaniel Tashima 6 Careers in Practice 61 Susan Squires 7 Stress and Failure in Practice Work 71 Riall W. Nolan Part II Practitioner Bases 81 8 Doing Anthropology Full Tilt, Full-Time 83 Gordon Bronitsky 9 An Independent Consultant in a Business of One 92 Judy Tso 10 How to Be a Self-Supporting Anthropologist 104 Grant McCracken 11 Becoming a Practicing Disaster Anthropologist 114 Susanna M. Hoffman 12 An Anthropologically Based Consulting Firm 125 Cathleen Crain and Nathaniel Tashima 13 Nongovernmental Organizations 137 Adam Koons 14 Multilateral Governmental Organizations 150 William L. Partridge 15 Tools for Gauging Success in the Corporate Sector 161 Tracy Meerwarth Pester 16 Working for the Federal Government 172 Shirley J. Fiske 17 Anthropologists Working in Higher Education 184 Dennis Wiedman Part III Domains of Practice 197 18 Methods and Approaches 199 Mary Odell Butler 19 Practitioners Working in Health 210 Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts and Martha Hare 20 International Development 222 Mari H. Clarke 21 Military and Security 237 Kerry B. Fosher and Frank J. Tortorello, Jr. 22 Anthropologists at Work in Advertising and Marketing 247 Timothy de Waal Malefyt 23 Anthropology in Design and Product Development 258 Crysta Metcalf 24 Environment and Resources 266 Robert Winthrop 25 Practitioners in Humanitarian Assistance 278 Adam Koons Part IV Key Issues 289 26 Ethics and Practicing Anthropology Pragmatic, Practical, and Principled 291 Lenora Bohren and Linda Whiteford 27 The Academic Practitioner Relationship 303 Linda A. Bennett and Shirley J. Fiske 28 Professional Communication 317 Nathaniel Tashima and Cathleen Crain 29 Working on Cross-Disciplinary Teams 330 Mari H. Clarke 30 Professional Networking for Practitioners 344 Paula Chambers 31 Drug Resistance and Biosocial Analysis in Practice 354 Amy S. Porter and Paul E. Farmer 32 High-Performing Applied Programs 372 Elizabeth K. Briody and Riall W. Nolan Part V Conclusion 389 33 The Future of Practice: Anthropology and the Grand Challenges 391 Riall W. Nolan Further Readings 397 Index 408