Scholar-Practitioners Addressing Global Issues

Short Seminar

May 21–22, 2008

“Applied and practicing anthropologists are found in many work settings in which the forces of globalization are directly experienced,” wrote Christina Wasson, chair of this short seminar. “As the global economy has developed, these anthropologists have found ways to improve both working conditions and product outcomes through their research and the interventions in which they have acted to take advantage of global opportunities while mitigating the adverse consequences of globalization.” The seminar participants critiqued and expanded theory addressing the forces of globalization and economic development that affect and increasingly undermine working conditions for women and men in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the developing world.

The discussion focused on the changing nature of work, workplaces, and communities in a globalized economy. “The body of work carried out by the seminar participants shows how bottom-up research in the immediate environments of the people with whom anthropologists work can lead to change at multiple levels, from local improvements to national or international policies,” said Wasson. “An important emphasis in our discussions was on the value of practice in the development of anthropological theory—although the integration of theory and practice is well developed in some fields, such as public policy, it is not yet widely recognized in ours.”

Christina Wasson, Chair Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of North Texas Designing Technologies for Local Stakeholders That Respond to the Challenges of Globalization (co-authored with Susan Squires)
Mary Odell Butler Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland Global Disease Control: Public Health Theory in Global Practice
Mari H. Clarke Consultant, The World Bank Bridging the Gender GAP: Infrastructure for Inclusive, Sustainable Globalization
Jacqueline Copeland-Carson President, Copeland Carson & Associates Developing “Community” Across Translocal Diversity in the United States: The Role of Scholar-Practitioner in Anthropology
Shirley J. Fiske Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland Globalization and the Global Commons
Madelyn Iris Director of Research, Leonard Schamfield Research Institute The Changing Face of the Global Community: Older Adults, Older Age, and New Expectations
Susan Racine Passmore Research/Evaluation Consultant, Neoliberalism and the Shifting Landscape of Social Services and Community
Eve Pinsker Director of Research and Evaluation, Midwest Latino Health Research Policy, University of Illinois, Chicago/Training Center From “International” to “Global” Perspectives: An Anthropologist’s Perspective on Health, Leadership, Culture, and Professional Development
Susan Squires Director of Research, Tactics, Designing Technologies for Local Stakeholders that Respond to the Challenges of Globalization (co-authored with Christina Wasson)

Sponsored by The Annenberg Foundation

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